Emma Watson: From Child Star To Style Icon

Now that rumours of her retirement have been debunked, we're glad we'll be seeing her on a red carpet soon.

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by Ellie Wiseman |

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.

Recently, reports suggested that she has 'retired' from acting after her agent stated that she is 'dormant' and 'not taking any new commitments.' Luckily, this was soon debunked: her manager told Entertainment Weekly that 'her social media accounts are dormant but her career isn't.' Phew!

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'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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

While on the press tour for Beauty and the Beast, Emma set up an Instagram account, 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 in the gallery below:

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Emma at the UK premiere for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001.

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