Since her breakthrough role in the 1999 film “The Mummy,” Rachel Weisz’s style has been a lesson in understated, lady-like elegance. Often opting for demure necklines and a muted color palette, the award-winning actress is a reliable devote of minimalist designers like Narciso Rodriguez. But she’s not afraid to change it up: sometimes she mirrors the personas of her many-layered characters, from the gothic renaissance of Queen Isabelle of Spain or the prim Victoriana of librarian Evelyn Carnahan. In honor of her birthday, here’s a look back at Rachel Weisz’s best looks over the years.
Rachel Weisz channeling the ultimate ’90s girl in a black slip dress at the premiere of “Swept from the Sea” in 1997.
Weisz at the Versace Club gala in London 1999 wearing a sparkly, sheer black mini-dress
The actress wore a satin sheath and strappy sandals at the 2001 BAFTA awards.
Weisz at the 2002 Vanity Fair Oscars party in a ruched, Grecian-inspired gown
Continuing with her sparse color palette, Weisz was a vision of Edwardian glamour in 2003.
Weisz wore a black coat over a tea-length, plum-colored frock in 2005.
Weisz backstage at the Narciso Rodriguez fashion show in a dress by the designer in 2005.
The actress looked prim and pretty in a blue dress and metallic heels at Tribeca Film Festival.
At the 2006 Met Gala ‘Chanel’ exhibition, Weisz wore a demure, pale gold gown.
At the 63rd Venice Film Festival, the actress looked stunning in a long, romantic gown.
While 7 months pregnant, the actress posed with Reese Witherspoon and her Academy Award at the Oscars.
In a black-and-white ensemble, Weisz was a foil to Donatella Versace’s glitzy glamour in 2006.
Weisz wore a nostalgic blue gown with gibson girl neckline at the 12th annual SAG awards.
Weisz wore a gold Donna Karan gown the night she won a Golden Globe for her role in ‘The Constant Gardener’
The actress glowed in an embellished golden gown at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscars party.
Weisz wore a printed dress at the CFDA awards with designer Jason Wu.
The actress looked radiant in a fuchsia satin gown at the Met Gala.
Weisz posed with then-husband Darren Aronofsky at the premiere of ‘Black Swan’ in a graphic black & white ensemble.
The actress looked angelic in a tiered white dress by Nina Ricci.
Weisz was the picture of old-school Hollywood glamour, when she posed with husband Daniel Craig at the 2013 Golden Globes.
Weisz wore a silver Chanel gown on the Met Gala red carpet.
The actress looked sleek in a tailored Narisco Rodriguez jumpsuit at Cannes.
Weisz tried her hand at menswear in a chic polka dot suit.
At the premiere of ‘The Lobster,’ Weisz wore an elegant Alexander McQueen floral gown.
At the 68th annual Cannes festival, the actress looked elegant in a subtle floral frock.
At the premiere of ‘Youth,’ Weisz wore a billowing aquamarine confection.
At the Toronto International Film festival, Weisz wore a fantastical floral creation by Valentino.
Weisz wore statement earrings and a chic cropped trousers at the premiere of ‘Complete Unknown’ in New York in 2016
The actress was radiant in an ethereal Alexander McQueen dress in 2016.