Anne Hathaway’s Fashion Transformation (Photos)

From boot-cut jeans to sparkly Valentino dresses, Hathaway has emerged as a style star. See the highlights.

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By Isabel Wilkinson


This year, Anne Hathaway has been practically everywhere: in a Spandex one-piece in The Dark Knight Rises, making waves for her dramatic diet in Les Misérables, stunning in a ball of pink tulle (with a toilet-paper-like head wrap) on her wedding day. She’s graced the cover of Vogue and hosted SNL. For more than a decade, Hathaway has distinguished herself as a fashion plate, showing up on the red carpet in a series of dramatic and pitch-perfect dresses. Over the years, she’s become close friends with designer Valentino Garavani and has repeatedly worn his designs, including a few of his vintage pieces, to award shows. Indeed, Hathaway has emerged as someone confident in the fashion world—and capable of looking just as good in jeans as she does in Givenchy Haute Couture. In honor of her recent red-carpet run for Les Miz, we bring you highlights of Hathaway’s 11-year style evolution.

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Back in Black

Hathaway looked stunning in a black silk Tom Ford dress and high sandals at the Les Misérables New York premiere on Dec. 10.

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Cold Shoulder

At the world premiere of Les Misérables in London on Dec. 5, Hathaway wore an ivory silk Givenchy Haute Couture dress.

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A (Non) White Wedding

For her Big Sur nuptials to Adam Shulman in September, Hathaway wore an ephemeral pale pink dress by Valentino—with a matching hairpiece.

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Coming Up Roses

Hathaway channeled some old-school romance in a sweeping Valentino dress at the fall gala for the New York City Ballet in September, which honored the designer.

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A Minimal Moment

To the New York premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in July, Hathaway looked like an ice queen in a hand-draped V-neck dress by Prabal Gurung with an exposed crystal bodice.

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A Hint of Gold

At the One Day premiere in New York in August 2011, Hathaway wore a black Alexander McQueen dress with gold detailing—and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

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A White Night

At the White Fairytale Love Ball at Chateau de Wideville in Crespières, France, Hathaway looked stunning in a white vintage Valentino.

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Ravishing in Red

It was a big moment when Hathaway wore a gorgeous red vintage Valentino dress to the 2011 Academy Awards.

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A Mermaid Mood

At the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes party in 2011, she wore a gold and slinky Giorgio Armani Privé dress.

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The Princess Diaries

At the 2010 Costume Institute gala, Hathaway glowed in a strapless nude glittering Valentino dress.

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Shining Armor

At the royal world premiere of Alice in Wonderland at the Odeon Leicester Square in 2010, Hathaway wore a sparkling Vivienne Westwood dress.

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Split-Personality Dress

Hathaway won the Best Actress award for her performance in Rachel Getting Married at the Critics’ Choice Awards in 2009—where she wore a white-and-black Gianfranco Ferre dress and Brian Atwood heels. “I love this one so much because it’s like two dresses in one,” she said at the time.

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Vamping It Up

At the "Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum in 2009, Hathaway wore a short purple Marc Jacobs dress and Van Cleef & Arpels jewels.

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Accenting the Curves

Hathaway a wore a red Marchesa dress to celebrate the brand’s second anniversary at Bergdorf Goodman in October 2006.

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Flower Power

In a little black dress embroidered with flowers at the premiere of Road to Perdition in July 2002.

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Dressed Down

On MTV’s Total Request Live in August 2004, Hathaway tried out pointy-toed shoes with distressed boot-cuts and a snug polo top.

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Distressing Denim

At the premiere of Crazy/Beautiful on June 28, 2001, Hathaway wore boot-cut jeans and a lavender tank top.