It’s hard to believe Nicole Kidman is 54. The timeless Aussie beauty has been serving us opulent Hollywood glamour and elegance since the early ‘90s, and each of her looks are so classic, you’d be hard-pressed to find one that would make you cringe decades later. To celebrate her birthday on June 20, we’re looking back at five of her most iconic looks over the years. Get ready for romantic strawberry-blonde curls, effortless A-List energy and some serious ‘90s and early 2000s style inspiration.
Nicole’s take on the ‘little black dress,’ 1991
Nicole first started turning heads in the early ‘90s when she starred opposite Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder. It was all eyes on Kidman after she married Tom and the couple started appearing at high-profile events, like the 63rd Annual Academy Awards after party where she wore this infamous little black dress. The ornate detailing was a hint of Kidman’s burgeoning style that would stun on red carpets in the coming years.
The image of sophistication, 1996
Kidman wore this dazzling white dress when she won a Golden Globe for her role in To Die For. Her polished updo showed off the strapless dress and beaded bodice — a timeless look to mark her big night.
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One of Nicole’s more daring looks, 1997
A departure from her well-received monochromatic choices, this bold John Galiano gown was met with mixed reviews from critics. But Kidman’s confidence was undeniable as she strutted across the red carpet in the chartreuse silk dress that demanded attention.
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Nicole was one of the first to define the original Y2K style, 2000
Kidman couldn’t help but upstage her then-husband Tom Cruise as she supported him at the Mission: Impossible 2 premiere. She went all-out 2000s in an embellished halter top, flared leg pants and a long ponytail that showed off her bare shoulders.
She’s not shy about playing up her best features, 2004
Even though the gown was incredible, it was Kidman’s ice blue eyes that were the stars of this iconic look. The dress matched her eye colour with precision, making this romantic ruffled gown one that only she could wear best.
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