Jemima Kirke made her feature-film debut in Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture. The film, which premiered in competition at South by Southwest festival that year, went on to earn nominations at the Gotham Awards and Film Independent Spirit Awards. It made a reluctant emerging screen star of Kirke, an artist by trade. Two years later, Dunham, a childhood friend, called on Kirke again to appear in her newly green-lit HBO series Girls—and few would have anticipated the juggernaut the series would go on to become, making celebrities of its four primary cast members. Throughout it all, Kirke has maintained her bohemian style—wide-sleeved maxis and jewel-toned slip dresses, paired with effortless bedhead worthy of grunge goddess Courtney Love. (She also shares Love’s eye for silk slips.) As the finale of Girls looms this Sunday night, we look back on a few of Kirke’s best moments on the red carpet over the years.
Jemima Kirke went casual for the premiere of
Tiny Furniture in all-black with a leopard print coat in New York, New York, November 2010.
At the season two premiere of
Girls, Kirke opted for a black velvet maxi dress with a gold collar detail, striking a balance between bohemian and Renaissance in New York, New York, January 2013.
Judging by her red carpet choices, Kirke favors luxe textures like velvet and silk — here, she wears a hunter green velvet slip for the premiere of
Girls hosted by the Cinema Society in New York, New York, April 2012.
Kirke makes an unusual footwear choice, pairing hot pink peep-toe shoes with a black chiffon gown over a red slip. The clashing look stood out at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, New York, August 2013.
A velvet kimono elevates a simple mulberry-colored dress into something on par with Kirke’s usual quasi-bohemian fare. Here, she appears at a screening of
Trance in New York, New York, April 2013.
Kirke brings her signature look to the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, New York, June 2013, pairing a silhouette she frequently selects — a wide-sleeved, floor-length dress — with a bodysuit underneath.
The Marriage of Figaro, the opening show for the Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-2015 season, Kirke matched her pink hair to her floral black dress, hemmed just at her ankles to reveal pink-and-black shoes, in New York, New York, September 2014.
Her look has always been vintage-inflected, and for the season three premiere of
Girls, Kirke selected a vintage look from New York’s Geminola boutique, wearing it in New York, New York, January 2014.
Jemima Kirke wore Rosie Assoulin, a designer she has favored recently, cutting a striking silhouette at the Golden Globe awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 2015.
Kirke channels her inner Courtney Love with a muted red lip, a silk gown, and a slightly unkempt updo at the season four premiere of
Girls in New York, New York, January 2015.
Kirke opted for another gown from the since-closed vintage boutique Geminola for the Golden Globes after party hosted by HBO in Los Angeles, California, January 2014.
Kirke opted for a more modern aesthetic than on previous red carpets, wearing Rosie Assoulin for the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, New York, July 2015.
Kirke adapts her signature style to colder weather in a sweater dress by Chanel for the Chanel and Tribeca Women Filmmakers’ Luncheon in New York, New York, October 2015.
Back to black, Kirke pairs a plunging neckline and long sleeves with teased hair and a romantic pendant for the Keep A Child Alive Ball in New York, New York, November 2015.
Kirke wore a red silk dress with cap sleeves and a zip down the front with red platform heels for the amfAR New York gala in New York, New York, February 2016.
Kirke, in Chanel, seems to channel
Blade Runner’s Pris with her darkly shadowed eyes, a mulberry take on the science fiction replicant’s black mask, for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala for Manus x Machina in New York, New York, May 2016.
Kirke goes short on a rare occasion in Chanel for the Chanel Fine Jewelry party in New York, New York, June 2016.
Kirke looks like a character out of an opera herself in an embellished, eggplant-colored gown at the Metropolitan Opera’s season opening performance of
Tristan und Isolde in New York, New York, September 2016.
Kirke pairs grunge styling — a rose-colored lip and strategically mussed hair — with a romantic Gabriela Hearst gown for the season six premiere of
Girls in New York, New York, February 2017.
On the rare occasion, Kirke will opt for a hyper-modern look, a sharp deviation from her ’90s grunge or retro-bohemian aesthetic. Here, she appears front-row at Proenza Schouler (wearing Proenza, naturally) during New York Fashion Week Fall 2017 in New York, New York, February 2017.
An old-favorite silhouette in a new color: Kirke combines her long-held fashion favorites with her new high fashion cred at a recent appearance discussing
Girls in New York, New York, February 2017.