Helen Mirren's Incredible Style Evolution Through the Years
Legendary actress and sartorial sophisticate Dame Helen Mirren has shown the world her wonderful (and sometimes wild) style through the decades. She knows what works for her, like her trusty red, green, floral embroidery, but continues to push boundaries. And at 74 years old, she's not slowing down anytime soon. The Dame walked during Paris Fashion Week this fall and just made her debut as Catherine The Great in a new HBO miniseries. In honor of her iconic style, we rounded up more than 40 gorgeous looks from Mirren that are permanently branded into our memory in the best way possible.
SEPTEMBER 2019: Mirren walked in Paris Fashion Week for L'Oreal Paris wearing a gorgeous black and white printed gown with minimalist rings and dramatic winged eyeliner.
JULY 2019: She channeled the season with a lime green and pink floral midi dress and suede pointed-toe pumps. Mirren even matched her outfit down to the manicure.
MAY 2019: At the Cannes Film Festival, Mirren chose a blush and gold foil gown by Elie Saab. She dyed her hair a pretty shade of rose gold to match.
FEBRUARY 2019: To nobody's surprise, the Dame arrived at the Academy Awards in style. She wore a pink long-sleeved chiffon gown by Schiaparelli Haute Couture with a diamond-encrusted collar necklace by Harry Winston.
JUNE 2018: For the Epsom Derby, Mirren wore an adorable black and cream polka dot ensemble, complete with an oversized statement hat.
MAY 2018: Mirren donned this dramatic midnight blue velvet dress for the 71st Cannes Film Festival. She dazzled in a gemstone necklace and matching earrings.
MAY 2018: At the Cannes Film Festival, the actress stood out in a gorgeous electric purple leather trench, paired with a crisp white jumpsuit and printed zebra flats that just can't be ignored.
FEBRUARY 2018: For a premiere in Germany, the Dame wore a steel grey chiffon and lace off-the-shoulder gown with embellished black pumps. She held a sparkly red clutch and accessorized with diamonds and a chic red lip.
OCTOBER 2017: During Paris Fashion Week, Mirren walked for L'Oreal wearing slouchy plaid trousers, a white button-down, sleek oxfords, and a navy trench for the ultimate workwear outfit.
FEBRUARY 2017: For a benefit dinner in London, Mirren chose a grey and blue dress with a floral embroidered overlay for a tasteful bohemian look. She paired it with pretty chandelier earrings and a light pink manicure.
DECEMBER 2016: At the premiere of Collateral Beauty, Helen Mirren stepped out in a stunning embroidered knee-length dress and topped it off with a faux fur statement coat. Did you notice her "No Fur" pin?
NOVEMBER 2015: Mirren sashayed her pleated white gown on the Governors Awards red carpet because it's exactly the type of dress that demands to be sashayed. The lace bodice paired nicely with her gold choker and the gold heels tie the look together.
NOVEMBER 2015: Mirren wore a whimsical belted midi dress created to look like children's artwork to the Gotham Independent Film Awards. She added statement amethyst earrings and orange suede pumps to match the dress.
JANUARY 2014: For the Golden Globe Awards, the Dame showed up in an elegant seafoam green gown embellished with glittery flowers. The draped style is ultra-flattering, and her emerald accessories pop.
OCTOBER 2013: During a visit to Hong Kong, the actress wore a bold red lace gown paired with statement cross earrings.
JULY 2013: Always gorgeous in green, Mirren chose a pine green gown with coral jewelry (we're dying for those earrings) and a boxy gold clutch.
MARCH 2012: We're all about statement coats for winter here at T&C, and Helen Mirren just gets it. She wore a gorgeous button-down coat with a fur collar and leopard-print heels for a premiere in Germany.
JANUARY 2012: The Greek goddesses have some competition in Helen Mirren. She stepped out in a shimmery gold gown with a sweetheart neckline and feathery embroidered sleeves.
FEBRUARY 2012: The Dame stunned in a velvet emerald gown with a thin gold belt and a sequin bolero. She added purple peep-toe platforms for extra flair.
JANUARY 2012: At a gala in New York City, Mirren wore a black velvet dress with a sheer, flower cut-out bodice. She kept her accessories to a minimum, save for a glittery gold clutch and metallic peep-toe heels.
DECEMBER 2011: Mirren brought out her eccentric side at the British Comedy Awards wearing a black, form-fitting celestial cut-out dress, black peep-toe pumps, a diamond star necklace, and black leather gloves.
NOVEMBER 2011: She stunned on the red carpet wearing a glamorous champagne dress with a beaded bodice. She added diamond drop earrings for a simple touch.
APRIL 2011: Beckoning her fierce side, Mirren stepped out for the Arthur premiere wearing a strapless leopard-print chiffon dress with a leather jacket. She completed her outfit with a simple silver pin pendant, hoop earrings, and a black clutch.
SEPTEMBER 2010: Perfect for late summer, Mirren wore a strapless floral dress with an exaggerated waist-tie and glittery heels. She topped it off with a sheer shawl and silver jewels.
SEPTEMBER 2010: The actress stuns in a one-shoulder chiffon gown that matched the red carpet. The cut of the dress allows her gold heels to make a statement, too. And yes, that is Mirren's husband snapping photos of her from behind.
OCTOBER 2009: She looked simply elegant on the red carpet in a black sleeveless gown and silver accessories. A timeless look!
MAY 2009: Mirren attended the Inspirational Woman of the Year Awards in London wearing a ruffled gown with a sunny statement coat and satin heels.
SEPTEMBER 2008: For the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera, the actress opted for a purple lace mermaid gown, a fun cropped jacket, and a boxy handbag. She also wore a short pearl necklace and amethyst earrings to complete her look.
JUNE 2008: Mirren attended the Armani show at Paris Fashion Week in a power suit for the ages, featuring a silver blazer and platform heels with minimalist accessories.
JANUARY 2007: The British actress wore a simple black gown with a sheer shawl to the SAG Awards. She chose silver hoops and a hot pink manicure to complete the award-winning look.
JANUARY 2007: Here, Mirren stepped out in a low-cut, draped turquoise gown. She added a gemstone pendant and simple earrings, along with a pretty champagne clutch.
SEPTEMBER 2006: Mirren chose a striking sapphire ankle-length gown for the Venice Film Festival, and added a sapphire necklace, a diamond bracelet, and black pumps.
SEPTEMBER 2006: Mirren looked angelic in a white sequin gown on the red carpet. The legendary actress added a sheer cream-colored shawl, a dainty knotted necklace, and a tiny clutch.
FEBRUARY 2005: The actress knows her way around an interesting black dress, and this is no exception. This sheer gown is embellished with silver floral designs and gemstones.
SEPTEMBER 2004: For the Primetime Emmy's, the Dame wore a red and silver traditional Indian sari with chandelier earrings.
OCTOBER 2002: By now you can probably figure out that floral embroidery is kind of Helen Mirren's thing. Here, she wore a black strapless gown with pops of red, pink, and green, with a fiery red shawl and long gold earrings.
SEPTEMBER 1997: The actress glittered at the Emmy's wearing a gold sleeveless gown and gold silk gloves. Her lack of jewelry keeps all eyes on the star of the show: her dress.
JANUARY 1997: We'll take any excuse to wear a feathery headpiece. At the Golden Globes, Mirren paired a double-breasted blazer and a miniskirt with knee-high boots, pearls, and a red statement clutch.
MARCH 1995: Statement Hat: The Sequel. This time, she paired a hat with a crisp quilted blazer and diamond jewels.
MAY 1994: Here, Mirren stood with Matthew Broderick wearing a glamorous corset dress and printed shawl. This bold choice was paired with pointed-toe heels, a short pearl necklace, and silk gloves.
MARCH 1993: Out and about in Los Angeles, the actress wore a white lace dress with snakeskin heels, a white blazer, and the perfect spring hat. She added pearls and oversized sunnies for a look that we'd steal 30 years later.
JANUARY 1992: For a portrait session, the Dame chose a prairie dress dotted with rosebuds, coral flats, and matching jewelry.
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