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Angelina Jolie: A Story of Striking Silhouettes and Thigh-High Slits

Jun 4 2014 - 6:30am

Today, Angelina Jolie [1] celebrates her 39th birthday, and we want to know — what's her superwoman secret? From devoted mom of six to critically acclaimed actress and director to tireless humanitarian activist, we're taking a closer look at one of Hollywood's most celebrated — and beautiful — actresses' red carpet style evolution. Since Angelina has grown up in the public eye, we've seen her morph from gangly girl to gothic princess to red carpet ace. The current Angelina impresses us regularly with her affinity for thigh-high accented Atelier Versace [2] gowns (her memorable Oscars 2012 appearance [3] was not her first foray into leggy territory), slinky Jenny Packham [4] numbers, and classically chic Ralph & Russo creations.

Join us as we celebrate this incredible woman with a look at her maleficent magnificent red carpet transformation.

— Additional reporting by Mandi Villa

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For the 1999 SAG Awards, Angelina chose a white Grecian-inspired gown with a coordinating retro 'do.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For the 2001 Tomb Raider premiere, Angelina looked tough wearing leather.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

In 2003, Angelina looked sexy in a seafoam silk camisole dress.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina epitomized sexy in her black gown with a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit in 2003.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina showed an early affection for green in 2003.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

In 2004, Angelina wore a simple, sequined dress to the LA premiere of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina showed off her long, toned legs in her sand-colored Céline dress and gold Michael Kors [5] pumps in 2004.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For the 2004 Oscars, Angelina wore a silk ivory gown with a plunging neckline and matching wrap designed by Marc Bouwer.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

At the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, Angelina rocked menswear.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

In October 2005, Angelina chose a more feminine silhouette wrapped up with a black ribbon tie.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina looked elegant in a classic black dress for the annual United Nations Association Dinner in 2005.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

She looked pristine in a little white sheath and pop of print, via leopard shoes, in 2005.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For the Good Shepherd premiere in 2006, Angelina wore a black dress with silver embellishments.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

She was elegant in black and cream in 2007.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina rocked leather pants to her premiere of Beowulf in 2007.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

At the 2008 Kung Fu Panda premiere in Cannes, she wore a Max Azria Atelier green gown while showing off her baby bump.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina glowed in a printed trapeze dress at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For the 2009 premiere of Changeling, Angelina went back to basics in a black strapless number.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina's Max Azria Spring 2009 dress caused controversy as she wore it back to front.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, Angelina wore a chiffon one-sleeved Versace [6] gown that exuded delicacy and femininity as well as her usual sex appeal.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For the 2009 Oscars, Angelina worked the red carpet in a black Elie Saab [7] gown with a heart-shaped neckline.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina turned heads at the LA premiere of Inglourious Basterds in a black, strapless, leather minidress designed by Michael Kors [8] in 2009.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina looked sultry — and cozy — in her angora Atelier Versace [9] white dress with a thigh-high slit in 2010.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For Salt's 2010 Moscow premiere, Angelina wore a red Atelier Versace [10] gown.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina glowed in a Swarovski-encrusted top and velvet skirt in December 2010.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina provided plenty of fashion fodder for critics at the 2010 Berlin premiere of The Tourist wearing a black Versace [11] velvet dress with built-in gloves.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

In 2010, Angelina switched up her red carpet styles with this shimmering ivory silk Pamella Roland [12] dress and matching Ferragamo pumps.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For the 2010 Japan premiere of Salt, Angelina wore an Atelier Versace [13] Fall 2000 black chiffon high-neck gown with a thigh-high slit and open back.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For her London premiere of Salt, Angelina wore British designer Amanda Wakeley [14]'s Fall 2010 shimmering dress with a silk shoulder strap and nude patent Ferragamo peep-toe pumps.

Angelina Jolie's Style

Angelina dazzled in a sequined Emporio Armani [15] strapless mini in 2010.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina looked gorgeous wearing a rich chocolate Atelier Versace [16] strapless gown with a thigh-high slit and long train at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

In 2011, Angelina went for a more casual-chic look in a red Jenny Packham [17] gown at the LA premiere of The Tree of Life.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Understated sexy at its best: silk blouse and leather pencil skirt. This killer combo was 100 percent Angelina at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards in January 2011.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

A dramatic asymmetrical neckline made this Romona Keveza navy number stand out at the Hollywood premiere of In the Land of Blood and Honey.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For the Moneyball premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, the actress kept things dark and slinky via this bias-cut Vivienne Westwood [18] gown.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina wore a long-sleeved light emerald green Atelier Versace [19] gown covered entirely in Swarovski [20] crystals and opened at the back to the 2011 Golden Globe Awards.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Lady in red! Angelina wore a formfitting L'Wren Scott LRD for the Japan premiere of Moneyball in Tokyo in 2011.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina opted for Jenny Packham [21] again, choosing this golden, long-sleeved, embellished number for the 2012 Berlin premiere of In the Land of Blood and Honey.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina opted for a demure dress by Ralph & Russo for the Cinema For Peace Gala in 2012.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina kept things covered up — apart from a thigh-high slit — for the annual Producers Guild Awards in January 2012 in this black lace Michael Kors [22] design.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Elie Saab [23] supplied this floaty blush gown for Angelina's appearance at the 2012 Palm Springs Film Festival.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For the Golden Globes in 2012, Angelina wore this two-toned satin gown by Atelier Versace [24].

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina made headlines at the Oscars in 2012 thanks to the thigh-high slit of her Versace [25] velvet gown and her proud posing.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For the Paris premiere of In the Land of Blood and Honey in 2012, Angelina worked this rosette-embellished sheath dress by Ralph & Russo.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina opted for this slinky Jenny Packham [26] number for the SAG Awards in 2012.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina perfected the art of menswear-style dressing in this white and black combo at the 2012 Women in the World: Stories & Solutions event.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina opted for a sophisticated and sexy custom Saint Laurent [27] gown for the 2013 London premiere of World War Z.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For the Women in the World Summit in 2013, Angelina looked elegant in a modest Saint Laurent [28] look.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

For a 2013 red carpet event, Angelina chose a floor-sweeping Atelier Versace [29] creation featuring Swarovski-crystal embellishments and delicate lace overlay.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina sparkled in a stunning Elie Saab [30] creation at the 2014 Oscars.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Angelina lightened the mood in a twist-front Atelier Versace [31] sheath in May 2014.

Angelina Jolie's Red Carpet Transformation

Donning a dramatic Atelier Versace [32] strapless gown, Angelina evoked the dark and dangerous glamour of her Disney character, Maleficent, at the movie's LA premiere.


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