Rooney Mara is still relatively unknown to many people, but her red carpet style has evolved very quickly in such a short space in time.

The New Yorker who went to NYU is the younger sister of actress Kate Mara. She has already starred in many hit movies including ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘The Social Network’ and her current movie, ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’.

Here is her red carpet evolution.

The Blush and Bashful Years
Her first red carpet appearance was at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for the screening of ‘Dare’ where she was an unknown fresh-faced beauty wearing a pretty nude dress under a plaid coat which she teamed with a beige belt, tights and olive ankle boots.

Her love of nude dresses didn’t end there as she went on to a nude frilly confection at the Toronto Film Festival during the same year with a small leopard-print clutch and sandals that matched her dress and completed her look.

Cut to 2010 and cute nude dresses with matching shoes were still favoured by Rooney on the red carpet for the ‘Youth In Revolt’ screening and for the LA premiere for ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ where she wore an Alberta Ferretti pinafore dress with matching accessories.

The Dramatic Makeover
At the beginning of this year Rooney had made a dramatic transformation following her role as Lisbeth Salander in ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’.

For W Magazine’s Pre-Golden Globe party, out went the long brunette wavy locks, and in its place was a dramatic boyish crop with bleached eyebrows. A cute nude dress was replaced by a black asymmetrical Lanvin dress with two-tone pumps.

Despite the dramatic new makeover, Rooney was still opting for girlie looks by donning this Diane von Furstenberg print dress with Brian Atwood two-tone pumps.

It wasn’t a surprise to see the actress become fully embraced by the fashion world at that point. Before she landed her first American Vogue (November) cover, she was taking a front-row seat at Rodarte in September next to Anna Wintour. Once again she wasn’t quite prepared to go head-to-toe black as she opted for nude pumps.

To The Current Day
Even with the dramatic haircut, Rooney was still opting for a delicate nude Calvin Klein dress. I wasn’t too keen on this look because of the dramatic black lip colour. For the time being this was the last time she donned her favourite colour: nude.

She was radiant in white Givenchy Couture at the London premiere last week which you voted as your best dressed of the week.

After sporting blunt bangs for so long, Rooney experimented with a side parting whilst wearing a Roksanda Ilincic jumpsuit for the Stockholm premiere.

For the New York premiere she wore a dramatic Prabal Gurung dress with sheer panelling that has to be one of her best looks to date. It was when she looked most confident as the style suited her unconventional look that was brought about from this movie.

Now that the movie is over, I wonder if Rooney will continue to showcase this look or try something new. She has evolved from the cute nude dresses from her earlier years, so it will be interesting to see what she does next.

I think she should most definitely try something new; otherwise she will end up typecasting herself and will forever play dark, tortured parts.

Other actresses like Emma Watson and Renée Zellweger couldn’t wait for their movies to wrap before they totally distanced themselves from Hermione Granger and Bridget Jones respectively by completely changing their look. Emma took the drastic route of cutting her hair whilst Renée went one step further by dropping several dress sizes.

Hopefully she won’t end up like Taylor Momsen who became so consumed by her ‘Gossip Girl’ character that she didn’t know when to shut off Jenny Humphrey.

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