From incredible movies like The Queen, Woman in Gold, Hitchcock, and many others, Dame Helen Mirren has established herself as one of Hollywood’s most beloved actresses. And, despite the many years of incredible work behind her, Mirren’s recent action-packed movies, like Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Fast X, prove she’s nowhere close to stopping anytime soon.
And, with each premiere and awards show she attends, Mirren always brings some bold and colorful fashion to the carpet. From the blue sequined dress she wore to the 1999 Emmy Awards to her most recent head-to-toe purple look (with matching hair!) at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, Mirren’s a force to be reckoned with on the carpet.
“When it comes to the outfit I choose for an event, I’m really quick,” Mirren told The Telegraph last year. I work with either a stylist or a fashion designer and see what they’ve got and what they can lend me. And I can see what will work immediately. I won’t fuss around.” No fussing, amazing results!
“I don’t have the easiest shape to deal with,” she continued. “I’m not tall or slim, I’m curvy and short, so only certain things look good and some very edgy things just don’t work. And that’s fine. There are people whose style I love but wouldn’t necessarily try to emulate because everyone’s different.” And to say we say don’t worry Helen, you’ve got your sense of style down to a T!
Continue scrolling to check out some of our favorite looks from Mirren, from 1985 to now!
While attending the Jeanne du Barry premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, Mirren rocked this head-to-toe lavender look with matching hair in a chic updo. Gorgeous!
At the Shazam! Fury of the Gods premiere, Mirren wowed in this dramatic Barbie-pink oversized cape with a massive bow in the neckline. Talk about high fashion!
Keeping It Sexy
Mirren brought out her sexy and sultry side in this black gown with an asymmetrical neckline that showed off her chest and collarbone at the 2023 Berlinale International Film Festival.
During last year’s 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, Mirren took everyone’s breath away in this full sequined silver dress. She then paired the look with a black smokey, a half-up half-down updo, black pumps, and, of course, a fierce pose.
Pretty in Pink
Mirren looked regal at the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards in this baby pink dress with floral appliqués and a matching hairband. A classic!
Captivating in Chrome
Mirren absolutely wowed at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in this stunning Dolce & Gabbana chrome silver gown. And, you guessed, she’s got a matching headband too!
During 2021’s Cannes Film Festival, Mirren opted for less sparkle and more color in this captivating bright yellow dress and matching pumps.
Magic in Maroon
Mirren blended in with the red carpet at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards in this stunning off-the-shoulder maroon gown that gave major queen vibes.
Mirren wowed in head-to-toe yellow yet again at The Good Liar premiere in 2019.
Peplum & Pants
Mirren gave her usual stunning gowns a break for this peplum shit and wide-leg pants combo at the Catherine The Great premiere.
For the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Mirren took inspiration from her rose-gold dress and dyed her hair to match. Fun and chic!
A year later, at the 2018 Cannes, Mirren looked gorgeous in this regal dark velvet gown with gold detailing.
At the L’Oreal Paris Canadian Women of Worth Awards Gala, Mirren gave a masterclass in color-blocking with this bright orange shirt, a bright pink skirt, and a green clutch.
Lace It Up
At the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Mirren gave Morticia Addams vibes in the best way in this black lace dress with a polka-dot neckline.
Pretty in Print
Mirren turned heads at the 2016 Annual Critics’ Choice Awards in this printed black and white floral dress with black lace trim.
Mirren proved green is her color at the Woman in Gold premiere at the 65th Berlin Film Festival.
At the 2015 Tony Awards, Mirren looked enchanting in this white plunging gown with a lace neckline and billowing sheer sleeves.
Helen Mirren looked romantic in this black dress with a printed rose at the 2015 premiere of Woman in Gold.
Fabulous in a Fascinator
Mirren looked like British royalty at the 2015 Trumbo premiere in this cream-colored a-line dress with a matching fascinator
Green & Blue
Mirren stunned at the 2014 Golden Globes in this bright green dress with blue sequined lace on top. And can we talk about Jared Leto just admiring her in the corner? Love it!
Black & Gold
Mirren looked regal at 2014’s 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards wearing this intricate black and gold lace gown.
Mirren looked like the definition of ethereal at the 2013 EE British Academy Film Awards in this light gray layered tulle gown with her hair dyed bright pink. Such a risk-taker!
Mirren looked glowing in this timeless bright red dress at 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in 2013.
Mirren looked radiant at the 2011 Academy Awards in this onyx-colored gown with puffed shoulders, a cinched-in waist, and a long train.
Power of Red
Mirren turned heads in this one-shoulder bright red dress at the premiere of The Tempest during the 67th Venice Film Festival.
Keeping With Classics
While attending the premiere of The Last Station at the Rome International Film Festival in 2009, Mirren opted to a classic black dress with a bow detail on her chest.
Mirren looked incredible in the 2007 Cannes Film Festival in this plunging yellow gown with flowy layers and a purple flower detail right on the chest.
Pop of Yellow
At the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on 2007, Mirren gave her own spin on the LBD by pairing her black gown with matching bright yellow pumps and clutch.
Loving the Layers
Mirren looked incredible in this multi-layered cream-colored gown as she accepted her Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie award for Elizabeth I at the 2006 Emmy Awards.
While she attended the Golden Lion final ceremony at The 63rd International Venice Film Festival, Mirren had some fun on the carpet as she embraced the natural movement of this deep purple dress.
She’s a Star
Mirren shined bright at the Venice Film Festival premiere of The Queen back in 2006 in this stunning white sequined dress.
After winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in Passion of Ayn Rand in 1999, Mirren looked like a vision in this light and dark blue dress with vertical sequins and sheer sleeves.
Showing Some Skin
Mirren wasn’t afraid to show off some cleavage at the 1995 Drama Desk Awards in this blue lace corset.
At the 1995 Oscars, Mirren looked ultra elegant in this white blazer and matching suit with diamond details on the shoulder. Love the fascinator!
Keeping It Bright
Mirren wowed at the 1989 premiere of When the Whales Came in this textured bright orange two-piece matching set.
All About the Lace
Showing just how timeless her fashion is, Mirren wore this layered lace white dress to the premiere of White Nights in 1985 and we still think it’s fashionable to this day.