Kiernan Shipka: From Mad Men Tween to Full-Fledged Movie Star

Kiernan Shipka

Since first auditioning for Mad Men at just six years old, Kiernan Shipka has grown up in the spotlight–and on the red carpet. The now 16-year-old actress is establishing herself as a front row fixture, and developing quite the signature style, characterized by plenty of fun, short silhouettes from brands like Delpozo and Dior. See W‘s April 2016 cover star’s style evolution throughout the years, here.


Not even a teen yet, Shipka kept it simple at the 2011 SAG Awards in a navy dress with a tween-appropriate bow. Photo by Getty Images.


This Delpozo dress at Variety‘s pre-Emmy party in 2013 was the first of many of the cute, short dresses that have now become Shipka’s trademark.

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Just a week later, Shipka showed off her newfound style again in shiny brocade Emporio Armani pants at the 2013 Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party.

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Shipka made another statement in Delpozo at the 2014 Costume Designers Guild Awards.

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Shipka kept it short in sheer Valentino at the L.A. premiere of “Divergent” in 2014.

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On her way to becoming a front row fixture, Shipka headed to 3.1 Phillip Lim‘s show at New York Fashion Week with a trendy circle bag and eye-catching pants. Photo by Daniel Zuchnik for Getty Images.


Shipka caused a minor scene when she showed up to the 2015 Emmy Awards in both a dress and pants, making for double the Dior couture.

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Shipka went for the top button – and a rare shade of black – at the Hollywood Reporter‘s Beauty Dinner in 2015.

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Appropriately in Stella McCartney for the designer’s pre-fall presentation at L.A.’s Amoeba Records, Shipka kept it interesting with a full head of curls.

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Five years later, Shipka again wore blue to the SAG Awards – this time going strapless in Erdem.

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Shipka took in the fall 2016 Marc Jacobs show with pals like Amandla Stenberg in an appropriately Americana ensemble by the designer.

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At the Fendi Beverly Hills party, Shipka wore a cute jacket-and-skirt ensemble, an early ode to spring.


When you’re a Dior darling, you can wear Dior to Coachella. Stella McCartney platforms not included.


A color and pattern aficionada, Shipka opted for textural black for the Dior Cruise show last year.


Then, embracing the pajama dressing trend, the young actress rolled out of bed in silken Prada for the Mad Men book launch.


Spring came early in this Rosie Assoulin dress with metallic heels.


Shipka, in Prada, joined her equally chic castmates Lucy Boynton and Emma Roberts on a panel to discuss their new film, The Blackcoat’s Daughter.