Emma Watson's Style Evolution From 'Harry Potter' Geek Chic To International Couture Darling

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Emma Watson attends the UK premiere of 'Noah' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 31, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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Call it a work of sartorial magic, or what you will. Emma Watson's style transformation is nothing short of spellbinding. The once perpetually t-shirt and camo-clad star seemingly transformed overnight into Hollywood's chicest It girl, who also happened to be an average college student and former child star. From Burberry to Proenza Schouler, Watson has worn some of the more elegantly outrageous looks seen on the red carpet in recent years. Read on for her most iconic moments.

A Camo Tuxedo, 2002

The Canadians have the Canadian Tuxedo, and the British have…The Camouflage tuxedo?

In Leather And Paisley, 2002

An exceptionally youthful-looking Watson channels an offbeat bohemian look with a crystal necklace, leather blazer, and paisley slip dress.

In A Maxi Dress, 2003

Talk about a bold pop of pattern! The star blended with the antiquities in the background whilst sporting this intricate maxi dress.

In A Military Jacket, 2004

The British armed forces heavily influenced Watson’s style in this severe, garish coat. 

In A Burgundy Gown, 2004

The star looked especially ethereal in a burgundy gown with delicate floral accents.

In A Navy Dress, 2005

Ms. Granger selected a navy gown with sheer overlay for the 2005 premiere of Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire.

In A Purple Dress And Suede Boots, 2006

The star favored comfort over style in this odd pairing of slouchy suede boots and what appears to be a cast off from Stevie Nicks’ wardrobe.

In A Navy Cocktail Dress And Matching Pumps, 2007

The star selected a regal yet bohemian design for a 2007 red carpet appearance. 

In Gold And Black, 2007

The newly daring fashionista appeared on the red carpet in this attention-grabbing gold and black confection, paired with a knowing smirk that seemed to say, “Criticize my avant-garde look. I dare you.”

In A White Sheath, 2007

The 2007 Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix premiere saw Watson step out in a more sophisticated white cowl neck sheath with embroidered detailing at the waist.

In An Embellished White Gown, 2008

The actress evoked an angelic image with a hint of couture grandeur in this embellished grecian style gown.

In A Silk Tee And Tux, 2008

Watson’s insouciant sartorial attitude made its first appearance in 2008, when the actress paired a slim-cut tuxedo with open-toed sandals and an embroidered silk tee.

In A Ruched Cocktail Dress, 2008

The star sported a ruched cocktail dress in her favorite shade for the 2008 premiere of The Tale Of Despereaux. Unfortunately, she appeared less than comfortable in the look, if her off-kilter pose is any indication.

In A Champagne Halter Dress, 2008

The star hit her style stride in this ruched champagne-colored cocktail dress with a beaded belt in 2008.

In A Burberry Mini, 2009

A style star is born. The actress chose an exquisitely beaded Burberry mini dress for one of the label’s events in 2009.

In A Printed Gown, 2009

Even her rain-streaked umbrella appears to enhance this elegant ensemble, with its intricate pattern and graceful silhouette.

In A Proenza Schouler Cocktail Dress, 2009

Watson rocked a daring Proenza Schouler cocktail dress with a leather bodice while promoting Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince in 2009.

In A White Burberry Gown, 2010

The star struck a pose in a white, single-shoulder, draped Burberry gown for the 2010 Met Ball.

In Lace And Feathers, 2010

The newly pixie-haired star selected an LBD complete with feathers and lace befitting one with her newly minted taste for edgy fashions.

In Oscar De La Renta, 2011

The star greeted her adoring fans in an edgy yet dreamy Oscar de la Renta  gown with an embellished bodice and full skirt at the 2011 premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part II.

In Bottega Veneta, 2011

The star selected a statement-making Bottega Veneta at another promotional appearance for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in 2011.

In Valentino, 2012

Lancome ambassador Watson’s crimson lace Valentino was second to none in 2012.

In A Nude And Black Cocktail Dress, 2012

The star stunned in a black cocktail dress with a nude illusion panel in 2012.

In Prabal Gurung, 2013

Watson’s streamlined cut out Prabal Gurung gown turned heads at the 2013 Met Ball. 

In Chanel Haute Couture, 2013

The Bling Ring star glowed in a subtly blingy dress of her own: a black and white Chanel Haute Couture gown with embellished bodice, paired with minimal jewelry. 

In A White Blouse And Maxi Skirt, 2014

The star’s now-iconic look was straight out of Carolina Herrera’s playbook, in the chicest possible way.

In Ralph Lauren Collection, 2014

The star looked perfectly poised in a white Ralph Lauren Collection gown for the premiere of Noah