Fame10 Fashion Evolution: Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley’s fashion has changed dramatically over the years, which makes perfect sense considering that she rose to prominence when she was just a teenager. Back in the day, she would show up to events in jeans but nowadays the Academy Award-nominated actress is one of the most chic and sophisticated stars on the red carpet. We can’t believe how far she’s come – it’s truly remarkable. Knightley has developed an impeccable sense of fashion. Since she has transformed so significantly as an actress and a fashion icon, we decided to track her fashion evolution – check it out!

World Premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – 2003

Keira Knightley showed off her killer abs at the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” She wore a white tummy top with a low rise pair of jeans and, while she has the body for this type of revealing outfit, we are happy these things are no longer in style! Signing onto the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise was a smart career move on her part. The film opened to positive reviews and high box office grosses, cementing Knightley as the new “It Girl.”

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8th Annual Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Awards – 2004

The “Bend It Like Beckham” star attended the 8th Annual Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Awards in a plunge-neck, sequin dress and an edgy pixie cut. Knightley cut all of her shoulder length hair to play Domino Harvey in the self-titled biopic “Domino.” The movie was about a former socialite and model turned bounty hunter. The hairstyle was quite the change for the “It Girl,” but she loved it and described it as “very liberating.”

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LA Premiere of Domino – 2005

Keira Knightley looked dazzling at the Los Angeles premiere of “Domino” in a sparkling vintage Missoni halter gown and Cartier jewelry. The action film, which is based on the life of bounty hunter Domino Harvey, was expected to be a breakout role for Knightley who was best known for her role in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Sadly the highly anticipated film flopped at the box office. It received mostly negative reviews, with critics suggesting that Knightley was nothing more than a pretty face. Ouch!

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63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards – 2006

The “King Arthur” star looked regal at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in a crisp white dress by Valentino and vintage Cartier earrings. She looks like she has come a long way from the days whens she would show up at events in tummy tops and low rise jeans! Knightley – who starred in “Pride & Prejudice” as Elizabeth Bennet – was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for her outstanding performance.

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LA Premiere of Atonement – 2007

Keira Knightley glowed in a peach colored Rodarte dress at the Los Angeles premiere of “Atonement.” She was spectacular in the film. She earned another nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as the BAFTA Award for best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Georgiana Cavendish. Some critics were puzzled that Knightley didn’t receive another Academy Award nomination given her deft performance.

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The Duchess Gala Premiere – 2008

The Oscar-nominated actress wore this Alexander McQueen silk chiffon wrap front strapless dress to “The Duchess” gala premiere. The dress isn’t the most flattering cut on Knightley. It billows out in the wrong areas, giving the illusion that she has something to hide underneath – which couldn’t be further from the truth! While her dress wasn’t a hit, her performance in the film garnered largely positive reviews from critics.

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London Film Festival Premiere of A Dangerous Method – 2011

Keira Knightley looked amazing at the London Film Festival premiere of “A Dangerous Method” in this black and dove grey Roksanda Ilincic Resort 2012 dress with black ankle strap sandals. We love this look on her! She looks chic and sophisticated. Again Knightley earned favorable reviews from critics for her performance in the period piece. Andrew O’Hehir of Salon.com called her “the real star of this film.”

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LA Premiere of Anna Karenina – 2012

The Golden Globe-nominated actress donned this strapless, pale mint green Erdem gown, complete with a train, to the Los Angeles premiere of “Anna Karenina.” This dress looks beautiful on her. It is definitely one of her best looks yet. Knightley – who reunited with her director from “Atonement” for “Anna Karenina” – proved once again that she is one of the best actresses around. She received rave reviews for her performance, but sadly she did not receive an Oscar nomination.

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LA Premiere of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Keira Knightley looked demure at the Los Angeles premiere of the action thriller film “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” She wore this white trimmed navy Chanel frock with bow accent, which looks absolutely adorable on her. Knightley had some stiff competition for her role in the movie. Felicity Jones and Evangeline Lilly were also being considered while Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel were approached, but declined the part.

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Closing Night Gala Premiere of Begin Again – 2014

The “Anna Karenina” star wore this pastel embroidered Couture dress from the Spring 2014 collection, featuring shimmering with sequin, a nipped in waist and an organza layered feather-like skirt to the closing night gala premiere of “Begin Again,” which was hosted by Chanel. Knightley has been the face illustrious French fashion house since 2007. She was recently transformed into Coco Mademoiselle for Chanel’s latest perfume advertisement.

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Cate has a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature and has been the Managing Editor of Fame10 for more than 6 years. Despite having a love for the works of Thomas Hardy, Leo Tolstoy and Lord Byron, she also has an intense fascination with pop culture. When she isn’t writing for Fame10, she’s planning her next big adventure in Southeast Asia.