STYLE EVOLUTION

Guardians of the Galaxy Star Zoe Saldana Has Ruled the Red Carpet Since Center Stage

Actress Zoe Saldana first emerged onto the big screen with her breakout role in the 2000 dance drama Center Stage. From there, she’s been unstoppable on screen, recently tending towards science fiction roles like leads in Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avatar, whose second, third, and fourth installments it was recently announced she’d reprise her role in. Beginning with her very first red carpet, she made youthful, playful fashion choices—look no further than her glittery birthday look back in 2006 for evidence. But she’s also honed a classically elegant look, frequently selecting conservative, scaled-back looks even for blowout events like the Oscars and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala, both of which she’s attended many, many times in the past. She tends to favor American designers, with favorites like Calvin Klein, Prabal Gurung, and Michael Kors all making frequent appearances, though she’s also no stranger to brands imported from overseas like Dolce & Gabbana, which she wore for last year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala. From brightly colored Emilio Pucci looks to sci-fi-appropriate Burberry, see Zoe Saldana’s best red carpet moments of the past 17 years, here.

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Zoe Saldana at the premiere of Center Stage in New York, New York, May 2000.

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Zoe Saldana at the premiere of Guess Who in Hollywood, California, March 2005.

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Zoe Saldana at the premiere of Broken Flowers in New York, New York, July 2005.

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Zoe Saldana at the Glamour Magazine Women of the Year celebration in New York, New York, November 2005.

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Zoe Saldana at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for Anglomania in New York, New York, May 2006.

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Zoe Saldana in Bill Blass at her birthday celebration in New York, New York, June 2006.

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Zoe Saldana at the premiere of Haven in Los Angeles, California, September 2006.

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Zoe Saldana in Yves Saint Laurent at the premiere of Vantage Point in New York, New York, February 2008.

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Zoe Saldana, in Diane Von Furstenberg, at the Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2009 show during New York Fashion Week in New York, New York, September 2008.

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Zoe Saldana, in Chloé, at the Chloé boutique opening party in Los Angeles, California, April 2009.

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Zoe Saldana at the premiere of Avatar in London, England, December 2009.

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Zoe Saldana in Givenchy Couture at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, March 2010.

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Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity” in New York, New York, May 2010.

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Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung—a favorite of hers—at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California, February 2011.

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Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein (again!) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala for “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” in New York, New York, May 2011.

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Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 2013.

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Zoe Saldana in custom Michael Kors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala for “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” in New York, New York, May 2014.

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Zoe Saldana in Victoria Beckham at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2014.

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Zoe Saldana in Jason Wu at the premiere of Mr Turner at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 2014.

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Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in West Hollywood, California, March 2015.

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Zoe Saldana in Altuzarra at the toast to Altuzarra at Barneys New York in New York, New York, September 2015.

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Zoe Saldana in a statement Dolce & Gabbana gown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala for “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” in New York, New York, May 2016.

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Zoe Saldana in Burberry at a press conference for Star Trek Beyond in Beijing, China, August 2016.

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Zoe Saldana in Gucci at the LACMA Art and Film gala in Los Angeles, California, October 2016.

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Zoe Saldana in Emilio Pucci at the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in Hollywood, California, April 2017.