Michelle Williams’ Best Red Carpet Looks From Teenage Starlet to Style Powerhouse

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Michelle Williams, nominee Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "Brokeback Mountain"
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Those who have been following Michelle Williams’ career trajectory since her days on Dawson’s Creek have pretty much watched the actress grow up in the spotlight. Not only did her acting skills solidify and her opportunities grow, but her style evolved before our very eyes as well. One can see, around 2006, when she came into her own as a red carpet stalwart, and began experimenting with color and texture, providing us with favorites like her marigold Oscar dress that year or her eye-catching press tour looks from My Week With Marilyn. Then, Louis Vuitton came calling, and Williams became an ambassador for the brand, loyally representing Nicolas Ghesquière’s designs at events. Mini dresses and unexpected hardware became common themes in her appearances as Williams continued to find her look with the help of the French fashion house. While the soft-spoken actress has never shied away from making a statement—using award acceptance speeches to advocate for reproductive freedom and paycheck equality—she has stayed away from trends, instead remaining true to herself with a quietly romantic aesthetic. These days, three decades into her career, and nothing has changed. So, as we wait to see what Williams will wear to the Oscars this year, where she’s nominated for her role in The Fabelmans, let’s take a look back at some of the actress’ best looks so far.

2023: Screen Actors Guild Awards
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The actress looked as elegant as ever in a navy Dior haute couture gown topped with a black velvet bow.

2023: Critics Choice Awards
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Williams returned to her tried-and-true Louis Vuitton for the Critics Choice Awards, arriving in a one-shoulder, embellished gold dress.

2023: Golden Globe Awards
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At the 2023 Golden Globes, Williams went in a completely different direction than usual, and wore an off-white pleated ruffled Gucci dress to the awards.

2023: Palm Springs International Film Awards
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Williams has been embracing her legs lately, and showed them off in a Prada mini dress with platform peep-toe heels at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2023.

2022: Gotham Awards
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The actress was not to be missed at the Gotham Awards where she wore a sparkly Valentino pre-fall 2022 mini dress.

2022: Governors Awards
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Williams was in a festive mood at the 2022 Governors Awards when she arrived in a bright red Dior fall 2022 haute couture silk emboirdered dress.

2022: The Fabelmans Premiere
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The actress kept it simple and chic in a one-shoulder Valentino dress at The Fablemans premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2022.

2022: Showing Up Premiere
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Williams donned Chanel spring 2022 haute couture for the Cannes Film Festival premiere of her movie, Showing Up.

2020: Screen Actors Guild Awards

Williams accepted her award at the 2020 SAG Awards for her role in Fosse/Verdon in a sleek, off-the-shoulder Louis Vuitton gown.

2020: Golden Globe Awards
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A winning look in Louis Vuitton, Williams used her acceptance speech to make an impassioned call for reproductive justice at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.

2019: Emmy Awards
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It seems like Louis Vuitton may be her lucky charm, as Williams also won an Emmy while wearing this gorgeous, custom dress from the brand in 2019.

2019: Fosse/Verdon Premiere
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William went all-white for the premiere of Fosse/Verdon in an embellished Louis Vuitton dress.

2018: Venom Premiere
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Williams brought the drama in another custom Louis Vuitton creation at the premeire of Venom in 2018.

2018: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Met Gala
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Heavely Bodies indeed! Williams wore a breathtaking Louis Vuitton column dress at the Met Gala in 2018.

2018: I Feel Pretty Premiere
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While this all black Louis Vuitton dress may seem simple, the plunging neckline and bow details add a few fun elements to the look.

2018: Golden Globe Awards
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Williams and her date for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, activist Tarana Burke, matched in black Louis Vuitton looks as they posed together on the red carpet.

2017: All The Money In The World Premiere
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The actress added some color to her portfolio when she attended the premiere for All The Money In The World in a red, halterneck Louis Vuitton gown.

2017: Wonderstruck Premiere
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Williams showed off the back of her microstudded Louis Vuitton gown on the Cannes red carpet during the premiere of her film, Wonderstruck.

2017: Academy Awards
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Of course, the actress tapped Louis Vuitton to design this low-cut halter dress for the 89th annual Academy Awards.

2017: British Academy Film Awards
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Williams stood out in a unique, sequin-covered Louis Vuitton mini dress as the BAFTAs in 2017.

2017: Screen Actors Guild Awards
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Not only did Williams tap Vuitton to design this striped metallic column dress for the 2017 SAG Awards, but she also went to the brand for jewelry, and wore an LV choker-style sash as a necklace to the event.

2017: Golden Globe Awards
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Apparently, Williams was very into the choker trend in 2017, as she wore another one with her lace, off-the-shoulder Louis Vuitton dress to the Golden Globes that year.

2016: Manchester By The Sea Premiere
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Williams wore a unique drop waist gown with a side cutout from Louis Vuitton to the premiere of her film in 2016.

2016: Certain Women Premiere
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Of course, Williams chose Louis Vuitton to dress her for the premiere of Certain Women at the New York Film Festival in 2016.

2016: Tony Awards
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The actress wore a white, sleeveless Louis Vuitton dress ruched down the center to the 2016 Tony Awards.

2016: Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology Met Gala
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Williams debuted a new bob with her navy blue Louis Vuitton dress at the 2016 Met Gala.

2015: Suite Française Premiere
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The actress loves to pair a mini dress with boots, which is what she did with this Louis Vuitton pre-fall 2015 piece at her film premiere in 2015.

2014: Charles James: Beyond Fashion Met Gala
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Williams once again attended the Met Gala with Louis Vuitton, this time wearing a mini dress from the brand’s fall 2014 collection.

2013: Punk: Chaos to Couture Met Gala
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The edgy theme of the 2013 Met Gala called for an edgier outfit, so Williams wore a strapless, high-low Saint Laurent gown with a vampy makeup look and hairdo.

2013: Oz The Great And Powerful Premiere
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Williams’ blue and green, peacock feather-covered midi dress from Burberry Prorsum spring 2013 popped beautifully off the yellow brick road carpet.

2012: Academy Awards
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This retro, tiered burnt orange Louis Vuitton dress from the Oscars in 2012 is still one of Williams’ best looks to date.

2012: My Week With Marilyn Premiere
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Williams got caught up in the romance of Paris and wore this gorgeous, Dior spring 2011 couture gown to the premiere of her film in the City of Love.

2012: British Academy Film Awards
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The actress went for a simple look at the BAFTAs in 2012 and opted to wear and ivory and black H&M Bespoke gown with a clutch from Olympia Le-Tan.

2012: Screen Actors Guild Awards
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Williams matched the carpet at the 2012 SAG Awards in a red, asymmetrical Valentino dress with lace details.

2012: Golden Globe Awards
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The actress looked luxe at the 2012 Golden Globes in a midnight blue Jason Wu gown with a matching Fred Leighton for Forevermark diamond headband.

2011: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Met Gala
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While she wore Miu Miu instead of McQueen, she did pay homage to the designer’s swallows with the embroidery on her silk dress.

2011: Academy Awards
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Williams wore a gorgeous, beaded Chanel spring 2011 couture dress to the 2011 Oscars.

2011: Golden Globe Awards

The actress went for a more whimsical look in a daisy-covered Valentino resort 2011 dress for the 2011 Globes.

2010: Blue Valentine Premiere
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Williams played into her feminine side when she wore a Azzaro spring 2011 mini dress with a tiered ruffled skirt and bow detail to the premiere of Blue Valentine.

2006: Screen Actors Guild Awards
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Wearing a white Proenza Schouler spring 2006 dress, Williams attended the SAG awards with her then-boyfriend, Heath Ledger.

2006: Golden Globe Awards
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The actress wore a tiered, tulle Givenchy gown to the Golden Globes in 2006.

2006: Academy Awards
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Williams’ marigold Vera Wang dress is another one that will go down in Oscars red carpet history.

2005: Brokeback Mountain Premiere
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The actress looked great in a knee-length, off-white dress at the premiere of her hit film, Brokeback Mountain.

2002: Me Without You Premiere
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Williams kept things casual at the Me Without You premiere and opted for a black, off-the-shoulder dress with a pair of slip-on Converse.

2002: Dawson’s Creek 100th Episode Celebration
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Keeping things simple and professional, Williams wore a black, textured midi dress to the 100th episode celebration of Dawsons Creek in 2006.

1999: Emmy Awards
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The actress looked gorgeous in a baby pink sleeveless dress at the Emmys in 1999.

1998: Halloween H2O Premiere
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Williams wore a satin strapless black knee-length dress with a very ‘90s-style choker to the premiere of Halloween H2O.

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