For the past three decades,
Nicole Kidman has turned heads on the red carpet with bold sartorial statements. Sharp tailored suits, sequined column gowns, tiers and tiers of ruffles—you name it, she’s done it, and with aplomb. The actress, who can be seen on HBO’s Big Little Lies and became a quarantine-era sensation for her dramatic role as Grace Fraser on The Undoing, is at her best when fully embracing a truly daring fashion moment. Case in point: the now iconic John Galliano for Christian Dior Haute Couture dress, done in chartreuse silk and trimmed in mink. Now that awards season can safely assume in person, Kidman will surely debut a whole new crop of bold, high-risk, high-reward looks. Ahead of her 54th birthday on June 20th, relive the best of the best from Nicole Kidman’s red carpet fashion over the years.
Kidman wore a jaw-dropping red Atelier Versace gown paired with simple jewelry and a gold bag at the 2020 Golden Globes.
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The actress chose an old favorite in a black strapless Armani Privé gown for the Critics Choice Awards in 2020.
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Old Hollywood glam at the 2020 SAG Awards.
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The actress was a chic riot of metallic and florals wearing Ralph & Russo Couture in 2019.
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A feather and sequin one-two punch at HBO's
Big Little Lies season 2 premiere in New York, 2019. Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
Although Kidman’s Armani Privé gown turned heads at the 2018 SAG Awards, it was her acceptance speech imploring Hollywood to support women’s stories in films that made headlines that year.
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In an Armani Privé showstopper at the 2018 Oscars.
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Experimenting with menswear at the
Destroyer premiere during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Photo by George Pimentel/source credit
Wearing a signature Zuhair Murad couture silhouette at the premiere of
Top of the Lake: China Girl in Sydney, Australia, August 2017.
Nicole Kidman in Proenza Schouler at the
Big Little Lies FYC event in Los Angeles, July 2017.
Never one to shy away from a daring look, Kidman wore lacy Off-White at the 2017 CMT awards in Nashville.
Kidman loves a romantic floral—and was especially radiant in Carolina Herrera at the premiere of
The Beguiled in Los Angeles in 2017.
Taking Oscar de la Renta to the next level at the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards.
A more casual Alessandra Rich look for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in New York, 2017.
In Chanel couture at the amfAR Gala in Cannes, 2017.
The actress is a favorite at Michael Kors, which she wore to the
The Beguiled screening during the Cannes Film Festival in 2017.
Wearing Armani Privé at the 70th anniversary celebration for the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.
Nicole Kidman in Calvin Klein By Appointment at the premiere of
The Killing of a Sacred Deer at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2017.
Kidman opted for a floral Alexander McQueen gown at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards in 2017.
A Gucci moment, sequined parrots and all, at the 2017 SAG Awards.
The Australian actress went for drama in Alexander McQueen at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
Kidman wore daring Atelier Versace to the 2016 InStyle Awards.
Shimmering in a black Dior club look for the Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards.
A standout sequin dress at the 2015 Academy Awards.
A princess moment at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Kidman made an umbrella a must-have accessory at the world premiere of
Paddington in London, 2014.
In corseted black at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards.
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Radiant in rose pink at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.
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Skintight Versace at the 2012 Golden Globes.
A long, sequined column upped the glitz factor at the 2011 Country Music Awards.
Ornate ruffles at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
Strapless and structured at the Academy Awards in 2011.
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A slightly goth look at the 2011 SAG Awards.
Pale yellow sequins at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards.
At the 62nd Annual Golden Globe awards in 2005, Kidman wore Gucci in a daring teal hue, which was offset with peacock feather accents.
Kidman shows black doesn’t equal basic by layering on diamond necklaces at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2008.
For the 76th Annual Academy Awards in 2004, Kidman went for icy blue and strapless.
Taking home Oscar gold in 2003 wearing an asymmetrical black gown by Jean Paul Gaultier.
Later that year, Kidman selected Tom Ford for Gucci at one of her many Met Gala appearances.
More ruffles, this time in a lovely lavender hue, in 2003.
Kidman was an early adopter of the formal choker, wearing a black version to the Golden Globes in 2002.
A golden goddess moment in cascading metallic ruffles and matching fingerless gloves—one of her famed Dior looks from the 2000 Oscars.
Baring her midriff at the premiere of
Eyes Wide Shut in Los Angeles, 1999.
The actress stunned in John Galliano for Dior at the 1997 Academy Awards.
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Accepting her Golden Globe in a slightly bridal strapless gown in 1996.
A Nineties Laura Ashley moment, complete with woven hat.
Kidman donned shimmering sequins for the
Batman Forever Los Angeles premiere in 1995.
Kidman paired an eggplant purple velvet mini with sheer stockings.
Another pair of sheer tights, this time with a power red skirt suit.
With Tom Cruise in a two-toned suit and wild curls in 1992.