Emma Watson: From Child Star To Style Icon

Emma Watson is the exception to the rule that child stars burn out in their teens under the limelight's glare. She has held her own throughout her time in the spotlight, being appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014 and being a vocal activist for gender equality - quite a feat for any actress. We have seen her elegantly grace red carpets every year since she was 11-years-old, transforming into a style icon with a penchant for Dior... naturally. So, we have pulled together all of her looks from 2001 to 2017 to document her metamorphosis into a style hero.

Emma Watson: Noughties Style

For most of us, the only documentation of our gawky pre-teen years, which was filled to the brim with fashion faux pas (and feather boas), is hidden away in family albums that don't see the light of day too often. However, for a child star of the biggest movie franchaise ever known, those pictures are public property. Case in point: Emma Watson's Noughties premiere attire.

Talking to Ellen DeGeneres about the long grey-blue denim dress and feather boa ensemble she proudly wore down the red carpet at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone back in 2001, Emma said, 'my mum and I planned this for weeks! It doesn't look like it, but there was a lot of thought that went into it.'

Emma at the premieres of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' (2001) and 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' (2002)

Emma's style matured quickly, though, with her red carpet dressing getting better with each Potter film that was released (probably because she got herself a stylist), and she began to make her mark on the fashion world, attending award ceremonies and fashion weeks.

Emma from 2004 - 2009

Emma Watson: Short Hair

In 2010, the filming had wrapped for the final Potter film. To mark the occasion, Emma, who was then 20-years-old, cut her hair into a dramatic pixie crop to symbolise a desperate departure from the character of Hermione. With the hair transformation came a new style that was edgy and more daring.

Emma in 2010 - 2012

She experimented with strapless dresses, bold colours, short hem lines, lace and satin. For the ELLE Style Awards in 2011 she wore a Hakaan mini dress with cut-out sides, and at the BAFTAs in 2012 she wore a red lace Valentino gown.

Emma Watson: Red Carpet Dressing

Emma upped her style game in 2013, making her foray into designer territory. She attended Cannes to promote her film The Bling Ring, directed by Sophia Coppola, wearing a monochrome Chanel gown. At the Golden Globes in 2013 she wore a red Dior Couture dress with an open back over trousers: her best look to date in our eyes.

Emma at Cannes Film Festival (2013); the Golden Globes (2014); the Oscars (2014)

For her Oscars debut in 2014, Emma wore a sheer black-metallic floor-length Vera Wang gown, and looked amazing.

Emma Watson: Smart Dressing

Emma also has a penchant for smart dressing, and wears it well. She looks great in shirts and tailored trouser suits: classy and feminine.

Emma in 2014 - 2015

Emma was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014, and helped launch the 'HeForShe' campaign. When she delivered her HeForShe speech on gender equality at the United Nations HQ in September 2014, she dressed for the occasion in an off-white belted coat midi dress by Dior, with her hair slicked into a middle parting and tied in a low ponytail.

Emma Watson: 2016

At the White House Correspondent's Dinner in 2016, Emma wore an Osman floral dress over trousers and Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps in Bleu, with her hair slicked back. At the Met Gala Emma diverted from her usual red carpet style when she wore an elaborate monochrome Calvin Klein gown with cut-out sides.

White House Dinner; Met Gala; Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards; Museum... (2016)

At the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards, Emma wore a sheer embellished Dior dress, and at Museum Of Modern Art benefit in New York she opted for a black velvet draped dress by KITX.

Emma Watson: Beauty and the Beast

Emma surpassed her own style game when promoting Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. At the film's UK launch event Emma wowed in a bespoke pale blue Princess-style gown by Emilia Wickstead.

At the Los Angeles premiere she wore a black strapless jumpsuit by Oscar de la Renta, and at the Shanghai premiere she sparkled in a jewelled, champagne-hued, embellished Elie Saab gown, complete with a Belle-style cape. There is no beating this girl's red carpet style.

Emma Watson: Eco Fashion Labels

While on the press tour for Beauty and the Beast, Emma set up an Instagram account, @the_press_tour to shine a light on her favourite ethical fashion brands, including Carmen March and Flippa K.

Emma uploaded a picture of herself to the Instagram page wearing a Roland Mouret jumpsuit, with the caption: 'Jumpsuit by @roland_mouret, who was a producer for the film Ten Billion, which highlights the impact of our growing population on the earth's resources and covers topics ranging from climate change, ecosystem loss, pollution, and resource depletion.'

See Emma's full style evolution, from 2001 - 2017, in the gallery below:


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