30 of Natalie Portman's most daring looks, from sheer dresses to sculptural silhouettes
Actress Natalie Portman is known for combining her polished sense of style with unexpected twists.
The actress often plays with interesting textures, shapes, and silhouettes in her wardrobe.
See 30 of Portman's most daring looks from 1997 until now.
Portman wore a form-fitting midi sheath dress with a prominent print and beaded bag in 1997.
The young actress made a statement in a bodycon dress with large, funky faces printed all over it. She kept the rest of the look low-key with black platform sandals, a beaded shoulder bag, and a low ponytail.
In a metallic mini, Portman shared the red carpet with fashion designer Zac Posen at the 2004 CFDA Fashion Awards.
Her dress featured a plunging neckline, large copper sequins, and other pops of color.
The actress stunned onlookers when she debuted her buzz cut at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
Portman's new do was center stage at the festival, and her black, sequin dress, simple jewelry, and black heels allowed her cropped haircut to really shine.
Allure describes her new hair debut as "one of the all-time great OMG beauty moments."
Natalie Portman donned a sculptural white dress at Cinema Against AIDS in 2008.
Portman smiled in one of her boldest looks to date — a flowy, layered, white gown with one-shoulder detailing. She finished the look with plain black heels.
Portman looked stunning in a pink minidress at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009.
Portman's pink dress had a bubble effect at the bottom and a large red flower in the middle of the bust. She wore nude pumps and colorful earrings with the outfit.
Natalie Portman wore a flowing red dress with a high slit to a "Black Swan" premiere in 2010.
Portman's crimson gown was packed with interesting details, from a rhinestone corset and straps to off-the-shoulder draping. She paired the look with a quilted clutch bag.
The actress donned a strapless pink gown with a red rose to a 2011 Golden Globes party.
The red rose detail cinched the neckline to create a sweetheart shape. Ruching around the bust fell into flowing layers to create a statuesque ensemble.
She accessorized with a strands of diamonds and a red clutch bag — along with the Golden Globe she won for best actress in "Black Swan."
While visiting the New York City Ballet in 2013, Portman chose a color-blocked dress with lots of texture.
The light blue, yellow, and black fabrics used for the gown appeared to be made of a soft, spiked material.
Portman wore her hair down with the eye-catching look and paired it with a black clutch bag and a chunky watch.
Portman brought metallics to the world premiere of "Thor: The Dark World" in 2013.
The simple, black long-sleeve shirt allowed her voluminous brocade skirt to shine. The silver skirt was made up of a floral pattern in shades of orange, pink, and blue.
Portman chose a dress that was sheer all the way around for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
HuffPost wrote at the time that Portman took "sheer to the next level" with this see-through black dress. The look had it all — floral embellishments, beading, feathers, and an asymmetrical hemline.
Portman wore a graphic gown at the Venice Film Festival in 2016.
The full-length gown the actress wore featured a ruffle at the bodice and an A-line cut. In 2016, Us Weekly called Portman "glamour personified" in the lace cut-out dress.
Portman dazzled in a light green gown in Toronto in 2016.
Portman's lime-green frock gave a dash of old Hollywood glamour. The look was complete with diamond embellishments, a metallic clutch, and loose curls.
Portman mixed workwear with a luxurious white gown at AFI Fest in 2016.
The white, empire-waist gown was adorned with sparkles and an image of the sun. Yahoo! Life called the look "perfectly couture" yet "surprisingly playful" at the time.
After winning Best Actress for "Jackie" at the Critics' Choice Award in 2016, Portman posed in an all-floral, ruffled frock.
The actress completed her look with red lipstick and strappy back heels, wearing a flowing, rose-print dress with red trim. Her arms were totally hidden by the ruffled layers when she stood straight.
There were a lot of different elements to the dress Portman wore to the Huading Global Film Awards in 2016.
From the black and navy brocade fabric to the V-shaped straps embellished with diamonds, the gown felt like a one-of-a-kind piece. Portman brought more shine with a sparkling clutch and kept things simple with her footwear.
The actress went for a bright retro look in a vintage, empire-waist gown in mustard at the 2017 Golden Globes.
Portman paired the yellow dress with lots of sparkles, including silver beading along the cuffs and bottom of the dress, all-silver jewelry, and a silver clutch. The total ensemble was evocative of decades past — and W Magazine reports that the dress was vintage Prada.
On her way to "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in 2017, the star paired a couture, sculptural black and blue ruffle dress with comfortable Steve Madden flats.
Portman wore an off-the-shoulder Proenza Schouler dress but opted for practical accessories with the look, including black flats, gold hoops, and a black bag with a chain, according to Allure.
The magazine wrote at the time that Portman's pairing of couture with casual accessories may have been "her chicest maternity style to date."
The actress served dark elegance at the Los Angeles premiere of her 2018 film "Annhilation."
The gown's velvet bodice was wrapped up with a bow and sandwiched between layers of tulle — two puffs of fabric at the shoulders above and a flowing skirt below. The dress also featured green and pink jewels at the shoulders.
Portman's floor-length, polka-dot gown made a statement on the streets of New York City in 2018.
A slick of red lipstick and pulled-back hair gave the stand-out Miu Miu dress with a three-tier ruffle a classic feel.
Portman looked regal in a glimmering gown with a plunging neckline at the 2018 Venice Film Festival.
Her gold gown featured a black bow at the waist, silver trim along the neckline and sleeves, and strong shoulders. She finished the mixed-metal outfit with a black clutch and diamond earrings.
Natalie Portman sported an unadorned, plunging black bodysuit and miniskirt in 2019.
After the actress wore the deep-V bodysuit to the premiere of her film "Lucy in the Sky," PureWow reported the piece was "almost-navel-grazing." Portman's bold, all-black look stood out without any extravagant jewelry.
Portman showed off her legs in a full-length, sheer gown at the L.A. Dance Project Annual Gala in 2019.
The star's dress featured sheer netting over a black bodysuit. She wore small, dangling earrings with the halter-top gown.
Portman's black-and-gold ensemble at the 2020 Oscars made a splash for its details — her cape was embroidered with the names of female directors snubbed at the awards.
Portman was later criticized for featuring the names in her outfit because her own production company only featured one female director at the time: herself.
Portman stunned in another all-black, velvet look with bold shoulder details and retro vibes at the 2021 L.A. Dance Project Annual Gala.
Portman played with texture and shape rather than color in the intriguing silhouette.
Portman sparkled in a minidress at the "Thor: Love and Thunder" premiere in LA.
The gilded Celine dress was made even more interesting by a strap that crossed her neckline and wrapped around her shoulder.
In addition to matching heels, the actress played with chocolate brown eyeshadow in a dramatic shape, a dusty pink lip, and hoop earrings.
Portman sat down with Sean Hayes on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in 2022 in a halter-top minidress.
The dress, made by Polish designer Magda Butrym, consisted of a halter neckline with a large rosette detail. Below the flower was a large cutout that added visual interest to the all-black look.
She wore a similar style while out in London with her husband Benjamin Millepied a few weeks later.
Never one to shy away from an LBD, Portman donned a polka-dot minidress with a rosette detail and matching sleeves.
Simple black pumps kept the look feeling fresh and chic.
Portman rocked an all-red outfit to a 2022 screening of "Thor: Love and Thunder."
Portman's ultra-short minidress went perfectly with her floral red headband and strappy red heels.
She kept things a bit more formal for a "Thor: Love and Thunder" photocall in Italy just days later.
Portman gave a classic skirt set a modern twist with a shock of vivid orange and a sculptural waistline.
She paired the set with strappy, silver sandals that wrapped around her ankles.
Portman was a vision in a recreation of Christian Dior's "Junon" dress at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
The original gown, which was part of the designer's 1949-1950 fall/winter collection, is part of The Costume Institute's collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, although it's not currently on display.
Portman's take kept many of the dress's original features, such as the petal-like layers that made up the skirt. She wore the dress with platform heels, diamond drop earrings, and glittery silver eyeshadow.
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