Claire Danes’s Style Evolution

Claire Danes Style Evolution

Ever since her breakout role as the angsty protagonist in “My So-Called Life,” the actress Claire Danes has been a style icon both on and off the red carpet. See how her style has transformed over a series of head-turning red carpet looks from 1995 to now.


Angela Chase, Claire Danes’s character in “My So-Called Life,” was an icon to teenage girls everywhere. And in 1995, no moody teen was immune to Chase’s signature dark lips and hair—not even Danes herself.

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Danes scored her first major film role in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” and feted the part with an appropriately dramatic silk jacket and gown, and spiked updo.

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But the actress showed off a more refined style in a pale blue dress when the film was nominated for an Oscar later that year.

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Danes epitomized late-‘90s style at the 1999 VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards in an ivory sequined tank top, satin ankle-length trousers, low-heeled sandals, and—are those butterfly clips?

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No A-lister’s style evolution would be complete without a chic black dress moment. Danes chose this number for the Costume Institute Benefit Dance in 2003 with, what else, a classic red lip.

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The actress continued her undefeated red carpet streak at the 2009 SAG Awards in a crimson Nina Ricci gown, Jimmy Choo sandals, and timeless Fred Leighton jewels.

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Danes’s red carpet charm comes from her ability to make even the most glam gown look effortless. Exhibit A: The Calvin Klein Spring 2011 dress she wore to the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

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The actress wowed in a red Versace dress and bold curls as she took home an award for her role on “Homeland” at the 2013 Golden Globes.

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By 2015 Danes’s appearance on any Best Dressed list seems like a given—her feathered Valentino gown at the 2015 Golden Globes being just one stunning recent example.

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