We chart how Emma Watson has changed up her look over the years
Emma Watson’s style transformation is a thing of beauty. Once one of the most recognisable child actors of all time is now all grown up and, thanks to her distinct beauty look and inimitable sense of style, she’s become one of the world’s most famous modern fashion icons.
Her go-to labels include everyone from major Parisian fashion houses like Chanel and Dior, to cool London labels like Christopher Kane, but brands all over the world are just dying to dress her.
Emma’s personal style is polished and feminine, but she always adds an edge to her look, whether via her stacked up ear cuffs or just a great pair of statement shoes. While she often favours muted tones and hues, occasionally she’ll
She often surprises on the red carpet; take, for example, that time at the 2014 Golden Globes, when she wore Dior trousers and a dress-like top instead of a cliché ball gown like everybody else.
And let’s not forget when she turned up in the sharpest of tuxedos for a television appearance in New York – now that’s what we call power dressing and is a guaranteed way to make the global best dressed lists.
As a fresh-faced 10 year-old, Emma first stole the nation’s hearts as Hermione Granger, taking her first tentative steps on the red carpet and experimenting (as all 10 year-olds did in the 00s) with teeny tiny heels and tons of accessories.
The final ever Harry Potter press tour was a key turning point in Emma’s fashion journey, though. She chopped all of her hair into a cool pixie crop – one of the most memorable celebrity hair transformations ever and an event she would later describe as ‘the most liberating thing’ – and chose achingly beautiful (and totally grown up) gowns by Oscar de la Renta and Bottega Veneta.
Safe to say she let everybody know she was leaving Hermione Granger behind and heralding in the current era of Emma the fashion world favourite. And of course, one of her biggest roles since life as Ms Granger was when she took centre stage in the remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Scroll through her best looks, from child star to international style icon.
Emma Watson’s grey maxi and sweet bolero was a smart choice for her first ever Harry Potter premiere, all the way back in November 2001.
Several red carpets, celebrity parties and award seasons later and Emma Watson’s style has seriously evolved. Here she is in a long black dress at the premiere party of Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire in London.
Emma Watson wears a dress with pretty lace accents for a polo game in Windsor in July 2008.
Emma Watson is chic in sheer navy in LA at the Tales Of Despereaux screening in December 2008.
Emma Watson braves the rain in a printed maxi, umbrella in tow, at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in July 2009.
In 2010, Emma shocked the world (in a good way) when she stepped out with a brand new, super short pixie crop. Here she is shortly after taking the plunge at the hairdresser’s in 2010 at a reception at Claridges.
Emma Watson ensures she’s the centre of attention at the last Harry Potter New York premiere in 2011, in a statement gown by Bottega Veneta.
And her gown for the London premiere was equally stand-out, a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta tulle ensemble.
One of her bolder fashion choices and proof that she likes to stand out from the crowd, Emma chose the dress-and-trousers combo to a London screening of The Perks of Being a Wallflower in 2012.
Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung at the Costume Institute Gala Benefit, May 2013.
Here’s Emma Watson in Christian Dior Couture at the Golden Globes 2014.
Emma Watson in Chanel Couture at the Bling Ring film premiere at Cannes Film Festival, May 2013.
And her after party look, wearing Theory to the InStyle and Warner Bros Golden Globes post-party.
Emma Watson looks sharp in a Saint Laurent tux in New York, March 2014.
Emma Watson rocks an Oscar De La Renta gown to the Noah New York premiere, March 2014.
Emma Watson wears Ralph Lauren to the Royal Marsden Dinner in May 2014.
For the annual British Fashion Awards in 2014, Emma wore a clean, chic white halterneck jumpsuit by Misha NoNoo.
We’re swooning for this Dior ensemble, worn at the Time 100 Gala in April 2015.
Emma attended the Colonia film premiere in February 2016. She’s teamed her Behno coat with on-point white heels.
At the Regression photo call in August 2016, Emma teamed her Christopher Kane skirt with ankle-tie pumps by Paul Andrew.
We love this sheer gown by Dior, which Emma teamed with jewellery by Jessica McCormack for the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards.
Emma Watson at The Museum of Modern Art Benefit in New York in November 2016, wearing Kitx. A little black dress is classic for a reason…
For the New York premiere of one of the biggest films of the year (in which she had the starring role), Beauty and the Beast Emma wore Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy Haute Couture. The sheer panels make it.
At the Beauty and the Beast film launch and cast dinner, Emma wore this gorgeous light blue gown, complete with train and all, designed by Emilia Wickstead, and made using sustainably sourced fabrics.
And finally, here’s Emma in a Louis Vuitton couture dress for a The Circle photocall in Paris in June 2017.