Emma Watson’s Red Carpet Transformation

Ten years ago a young Emma Watson first hit the red carpet as the bright young ‘Harry Potter’ star.

Back then she wouldn’t have known that she would go on to make 7 more Harry Potter movies and become a millionairess, an icon to many teenage girls, the face of Burberry, collaborate with Alberta Ferretti and be called a fashion icon by many leading fashion magazines.

The Early Years
Her journey started off at the 2001 “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” London Premiere. You can tell by what she’s wearing that was already interested in dressing up as she added a feather boa to jazz up her look.

In 2002 the young actress had already grown up a lot in a space of a year. At the “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” LA Premiere she opted for a ‘bohemian meets biker’ look pairing a brown paisley dress with matching leather jacket and boots.

At the “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” New York Premiere it was clear the young star needed some help.

The Chanel Years
It looks like Chanel noted that Emma did need help in 2007.

Whilst Emma promoted “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ” we saw the birth of a beautiful relationship between Emma and Chanel. It was the first time I have ever seen an actress as young as Emma wearing Couture. Of course Elle Fanning and co. have made it the norm now.

The Cool Britannia Years
The actress was soon courted by British brands who were keen to see the British actress wearing British designers.

Burberry were the first to take notice of Emma, and as you know she’s since gone onto become the face of the brand.

Other British designers followed suit including the more established Alexander McQueen and Temperley London, plus Emma introduced us to an up-and-coming designer, William Tempest at “The Tale Of Despereaux” LA Premiere.

I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman Years
I started to appreciate Emma Watson’s style around 2009/10.

She was having more fun with fashion opting for edgy, more grown up looks. By this time it was clear she was trying to separate herself from her ‘Harry Potter’ character, ‘Hermione Granger.’

Emma in Rodarte and vintage Ossie Clark were my favourites.  She’s also seen here wearing Christopher Kane and a custom Burberry Prorsum dress to the Met Gala.

Going Short Years
Without being too dramatic, Emma’s shorter hairstyle was headline news. The star was officially done with being Hermione Granger and boy did she want us to know about it.

The girl who wasn’t allowed to tan, wear a push up bra, or change her hair colour was finally free.

With a new hairstyle came a new attitude and we saw that on the red carpet at the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I” Premiere. Emma dazzled her rain soaked fans wearing a Rafael Lopez short black dress and Charlotte Olympia shoes.

It took us a while to get used to Emma’s new ‘do but she made it work during her last hoorah on the red carpet for the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II” London and New York Premieres.

Go big or go home was her moto and we loved her for it.

We have many more years of seeing Emma Watson on the red carpet.

In 10 years time I will be bringing you the next installment of her red carpet transformation.

Credit: Zuma Press, Fame Pictures & Getty

Brittany Snow In Camilla and Marc - 2011 VH1 Do Something Awards

Brittany Snow In Camilla and Marc – 2011 VH1 Do Something Awards

In Kim Kardashian's Closet - Antonio Berardi Crepe and Ruched Chiffon Gown

In Kim Kardashian’s Closet – Antonio Berardi Crepe and Ruched Chiffon Gown

71 Responses to Emma Watson’s Red Carpet Transformation

  1. Zarina August 23, 2011 at 11:48 #

    This is such an amazing post! Loved seeing her transformation throughout the years!

    • Fashion Critic August 23, 2011 at 11:49 #

      Thanks Zarina

  2. Victoria August 17, 2011 at 13:56 #

    Emma Watson is one of my red carpet favourites so thank you for this post! 😀 Can I also add that in 10 years time, your site will still be my fave fashion site! Hugs FC! 😀

    • Fashion Critic August 17, 2011 at 14:03 #

      Glad you and so many other readers loved this post.

      You are very kind

  3. Anna August 17, 2011 at 01:50 #

    Great Post!!

    • Fashion Critic August 17, 2011 at 07:56 #


  4. anna August 17, 2011 at 01:06 #

    FC, congratulations!
    This post was amazing!
    Emma is a good inspiration for us!

  5. Anna August 16, 2011 at 16:29 #

    I love this girl!! She’s gorgeous and an amazing role model!! Fantastic post!!!
    Tank you FC!!

  6. nicholas August 16, 2011 at 14:34 #

    so effing fabulous wearing chanel haute couture @ 17!

  7. Orchee August 16, 2011 at 12:03 #

    I adore her deep blue, bejewelled Chanel number.
    Thanks for reviving that memory!

  8. fashionrookie August 16, 2011 at 11:45 #

    I think it would be interesting if you’ve done a style transformation story on Rihanna. I think she’s just the right choice for a story like this. She’s come a long way from those long brunette locks and girly dresses, don’t you think? Sure, her outfits aren’t always so good, but she’s such a great example of total style transformation in just a few years time.
    btw, thank you so much for this article. It was really fun reading it, as I love Emma and her style.

    • FionaK August 16, 2011 at 20:40 #

      You’re so right about Rihanna but she could change her hair colour tomorrow and have a whole new style again! I think Emma has a very refined style that she won’t sway too much from now but Rihanna is very manufactured I don’t see Rihanna’s style as her own.

      Course that’s just me 😛

  9. Claire August 16, 2011 at 08:17 #

    Amazing post, thank you!

    I am very jealous of Ms Watson, she has worn some amazing pieces!


  10. Jeremy August 16, 2011 at 06:10 #

    Such collective posts give us a much bigger look, not only how the star dresses, but also how much she/he has changed. It’s like a review for a long chapter we have read. Thank you FC, for such an amazing post!

    • Fashion Critic August 16, 2011 at 12:24 #

      you are welcome x

  11. Madi August 16, 2011 at 03:59 #

    Yay! I’ve been hoping for you to do a red carpet transformation on Emma Watson for a while now. It’s amazing to see her 10 years ago and again today. Amazing.

  12. Giuseppi Giraffe August 16, 2011 at 03:53 #

    This is a great post. I get the warm fuzzies about Emma Watson;
    “It was the first time I have ever seen an actress as young as Emma wearing Couture. Of course Elle Fanning and co. have made it the norm now.”
    The first thing that came to my mind when I read that was how Charlotte Church came onto the scene and scores of little girls afterward have been cropping up singing opera music way before they were physically able to handle the style. Emma Watson has produced a standard of little girls dressing well at red carpet events.

  13. karla August 16, 2011 at 03:46 #

    emma is the best! love her style

  14. JT August 16, 2011 at 02:32 #

    Wow, had no idea she was under such restrains. It’s not surprising though and I’m sure there were more clauses than just not being allowed to change her hair colour and such. There probably was a lot of pressure on her to keep a squeaky clean image. This girl could have very easily gone off the deep end once her contract was fulfilled, considering so many other starlets and their excuses for “rebelling”. But all she’s done was cut her hair! *sigh* love this girl, such a great role model.

  15. mari August 16, 2011 at 02:23 #

    Tnx, FC. What a nice post. 😀

    • Fashion Critic August 16, 2011 at 12:25 #

      😀 x

  16. Meg August 16, 2011 at 00:09 #

    Now I am all emotional! This is one of the best transformation articles I’ve read. I met her briefly in New York and she was a sweetie. She complimented my shoes!

    • Fashion Critic August 16, 2011 at 00:15 #

      wow…thank you x

  17. Rosie August 15, 2011 at 22:32 #

    This is possibly one of your best posts ever FC, and that’s saying a lot. Keep it up xxx

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 23:17 #

      Awww..thank you.

      I love the support you guys continue to give me.

      It keeps me inspired

  18. Mhairi August 15, 2011 at 20:04 #

    Fab post!

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 20:11 #


  19. Marvel August 15, 2011 at 19:57 #

    I absolutely love this post and I love Red Carpet transformations.

    My favourite were the Chanel Years (look 1 and 3 are the best) and Im not a girl not yet a woman (love the Rodarte, C.Kane and Ossie Clark look) and love the latest one. The Oscar De La Renta is just heavenly.

  20. Alexa August 15, 2011 at 18:31 #

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post, especially the way her style was broken down into pre-stylist, Chanel, British designers, etc. Killed it, Catherine!

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 19:17 #

      That’s very kind of you to say so.

      Glad to hear it x

    • Jackie August 15, 2011 at 19:52 #

      Agreed, I love the way you categorized it!

  21. Hannah August 15, 2011 at 18:21 #

    I love it 🙂 She is such an inspiring, beautiful woman and on screen you saw her grown as well as the red carpet. A beautiful transformation. Thank you for putting this together.

  22. Fernanda August 15, 2011 at 18:02 #

    Amazing post FC!! Love your site and love Emma’s style!!

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 19:09 #

      You are very kind. Glad to hear it 😀

  23. Jess August 15, 2011 at 17:08 #

    I guess I’m the only one who doesn’t see anything special in Emma? But it was a very enjoyable post nonetheless! I appreciate is must have taken a while to put together, but more of these transformation posts would be great.

  24. Francois August 15, 2011 at 16:33 #

    Such a great article ! I loved to see her transformation! Who knew she was going to “end” in an Oscar De La Renta gorgeous gown when we first saw her as the little Hermione? Great great great article! Souvenirs souvenirs (8). ♥

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 17:26 #

      Thanks Francois

  25. Tatiana August 15, 2011 at 16:27 #

    What a great post! She’s my fashion icon hands down, and I just love her to death. My favorite looks were the “Chanel Year” ones, as well as the Temperley dress and the Oscar de La Renta gorgeous princess ballgown. However, as an overall look, I will always love the hair, makeup and accesories she paired with the William Tempest dress, it was just such a chic and sexy overall look.

  26. Jones19 August 15, 2011 at 16:11 #

    Lovely post on Emma, it’s amazing to see how much she’s grown style wise. Love it, more of these please 🙂

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 16:35 #

      Thank u xxx

  27. Amy August 15, 2011 at 16:02 #

    I love you for doing this post FC!!!!!

    Faves are the chanel and Ossie Clark, but the last few looks fave been BIG.

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 16:36 #

      You are very sweet. Thank u x

  28. Alexandra August 15, 2011 at 15:35 #

    i was just yesterday looking through the posts you did on her all these years and thinking about her transformation… but no one but you could describe it better. amazing post!

    i think i love her “I’m Not A Girl Not Yet A Woman” phase most, she was knocking it out of the park every time back then. i’m still in love with her Christopher Kane dress. but her new phase, with all that attitude and confidence is amazing as well.

    Great work FC! Your readers love you x

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 16:38 # are too kind.

      I wish I had more time to bring these posts to you on a regular basis, but they are quite time consuming.

      • Jones19 August 15, 2011 at 16:50 #

        I can imagine they take up a lot of time, thanks so much for taking the time to do them. It’s so cool to see the difference, especially with girls like Emma who have literally grown up on the red carpet.

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 17:27 #

      Thanks ya too xxx

    • Nunu August 15, 2011 at 20:42 #

      I agree on the Christopher Kane dress. It’s still my favorite ever; Ossie Clark goes second.
      Great post FC!

  29. Mabel August 15, 2011 at 15:16 #

    This is a fantastic post!!!
    Luv Emma!!
    Ty FC!! xx

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 15:23 #

      No probs my dear x

  30. Moxie August 15, 2011 at 15:09 #

    Fantastic post, FC! Thank you for all of the work you do.

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 15:22 #

      You’re welcome x

  31. Ayesha August 15, 2011 at 14:54 #

    wow!really good piece on emma,i’ve always been a fan of her and her style,can’t wait for your next instalment 🙂

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 14:58 #

      Check back in 2021 😀 x

  32. Iris August 15, 2011 at 14:51 #

    wonderful, wonderful post, FC! xx

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 14:57 #

      Thanks honey xxx

  33. thebeautyphilosopher August 15, 2011 at 13:39 #

    Absolutely beautiful story on Emma.

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 13:42 #

      thank you xxx

  34. MatteaAM August 15, 2011 at 13:28 #

    Gosh, this actually made me tear up a bit. 😐
    Amazing post. And her transformation is so obvious – I mean, it really hurts my eyes to look at the first few photos. 🙂

  35. August 15, 2011 at 13:14 #

    She might have been interested in dressing up already back in 2001, but she sure wasn’t good at it.
    I agree, you really saw a change in 2009/10 and started to appreciate her style. Today, I love her hair, and I love her style!

  36. Lauren August 15, 2011 at 13:10 #

    It was only the other day I was actually looking through your previous Red Carpet Transformations wishing you would do another one!! 🙂 Great job with it, its amazing to see how much her style has changed over the years. My favourite look of hers is still the Ossie Clark!

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 13:15 #

      I’m going to try to do them more often.

      They take a lot of time as I have many photos to go through.

      • Lauren August 15, 2011 at 13:16 #

        Well I look forward to see the next ones you do and thanks for taking the time to do them 🙂

        • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 13:35 #

          My pleasure Lauren x

      • Kaz August 16, 2011 at 12:21 #

        So worth the effort – highly enjoyable! Thanks!!

    • Christine August 15, 2011 at 13:25 #

      I think the Ossie Clark look is the best so far: stunning!

    • Kate August 15, 2011 at 17:26 #

      Ossie’s my all-times-fav too! 😉

      thank for such a great post, Critic! 😉

      • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 17:45 #

        My pleasure x

  37. Alina August 15, 2011 at 13:04 #

    This is an amazing post.

    • Fashion Critic August 15, 2011 at 13:14 #

      thank you x

    • Dita August 15, 2011 at 18:42 #


    • Liz August 15, 2011 at 22:55 #

      Agreed! Love it!
      She literally has transformed and continues to do so every year.

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