All eyes were on celebrity kids Shiloh and Zahara Jolie-Pitt during the premiere tour for Eternals – but their Hollywood superstar mum has been turning heads on the red carpet since the 1990s. She’s not been known to shy away from racier looks too, whether flashing a bit of leg – and spawning dozens of memes – in that iconic black dress with the hip-high slit, or showing off with plunging necklines.
Here are some of the A-lister’s most daring looks
At the Emmys in September 1998, Jolie wore a beige dress with sheer panelling and an exposed studded bra. She was a double nominee that year, nominated for her work in the TV movie Gia and the miniseries George Wallace.
For the 1999 Golden Globes in January, Jolie wore a skintight silver gown encrusted with jewels. Famously, Jolie said that if she won a Globe, she’d jump in the pool after – and when she secured the win for Gia, she did exactly that, pulling an Access Hollywood producer in with her.
At the premiere of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in June 2001, Jolie wore low-rise leather pants that showed off her tattoos. The tattoo on her lower abdomen says “Quod Me Nutrit Me Destruit”, which is a Latin phrase that means, “What nourishes me, destroys me”.
Angelina Jolie, the star of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, arrives at the British premiere of the movie, at a theatre in London’s Leicester Square, in 2003. Photo: AP Photo
For another Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life premiere in August 2003, the star chose a black halter dress with a plunging neckline and slit. Jolie didn’t pair any accessories with the look, letting the dress speak for itself.
At the 2004 Academy Awards, she channelled Old Hollywood glam and Marilyn Monroe in this low-cut white satin gown. It has been cited as one of the best Oscars looks of all time, and the Marc Bouwer dress even has its own Wikipedia page.
“Angie’s one of very few people who can rock this material and this colour – both being mercilessly unforgiving,” Cosmopolitan wrote in 2011. “But the dress drapes on her curves and shows off her assets in all the right ways.”
Jolie returned to the all-leather look with this halter gown for the premiere of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in June 2005. Once again, she chose a gown with a thigh-high slit and low neckline.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive on the red carpet for the film Inglourious Basterds during the 62nd international film festival in Cannes, southern France, in 2009. Photo: AP Photo
At the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Jolie walked the red carpet in this gauzy beige gown with yet another hip-high slit. The chiffon gown was designed by Versace.
Not even a full ball gown skirt can stop Jolie from showing off her long legs, as seen by this look at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. This chocolate-coloured gown was designed by Atelier Versace and is one of her best Cannes looks of all time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive for the premiere of the film The Tourist in Madrid, Spain, in 2010. Photo: EPA
At the premiere of The Tourist in December 2010, Jolie flawlessly combined two warring aesthetics with this dress featuring a delicate glittering bodice and a gothic black velvet skirt and matching shawl. This is another look designed by Atelier Versace.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January 2012, in Los Angeles. Photo: AP Photo
Jolie opted for a rare pop of colour at the 2012 Golden Globes, donning this cream-coloured gown with red accents. She paired the Atelier Versace gown with a matching red clutch by Christian Louboutin.
Jolie’s look at the premiere of In the Land of Blood and Honey in February 2012 featured a huge flower embellishment on the shoulder. The one-shouldered gown was designed by Ralph & Russo.
Angelina Jolie posing before the 84th Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, in February 2012. Photo: AP Photo
For the 2012 Oscars, Jolie wore perhaps her most famous look of all time – this structured black gown with a daringly high slit.
Remember this? This Versace dress was so iconic it spawned dozens of memes, a Wikipedia entry, and is now considered one of the best Oscars looks of all time.
“I had a more complicated dress and I wore the more comfortable dress, which was that one, and I think I was just so comfortable that … I think when you feel comfortable, when you feel yourself – which is very much the theme of [Eternals], and we know this in life – you embrace it,” Jolie told Extra in 2019.
For the premiere of Maleficent in May 2014, Jolie wore a ball gown made entirely of rubberised silk. The gown was designed by, of course, Jolie’s favourite Atelier Versace.
She stunned in this lace white dress at the premiere of Unbroken in November 2014. The complex look is by Gucci.
Angelina Jolie, with children Pax, Shiloh, Vivienne, Zahara and Knox Jolie-Pitt, attends the premiere of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in Los Angeles, California, US, in September 2019. Photo: Reuters
Jolie’s liquid black gown had a scorpion brooch at the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil premiere in September 2019. The Atelier Versace dress was actually made of chain mail.
Jolie pulled out the 1920s flapper glam for another Maleficent 2 premiere in October 2019. Moving away from her classic black, she donned a shimmering gown layered with fringe designed by Ralph & Russo.
For one of the last Maleficent premieres, Jolie wore this stunning white gown with gold details and a flowing cape. The cape had Swarovski crystal spiders embroidered throughout, and the bodice’s metallic golden details almost look like a superhero suit – something Jolie would soon learn all about. The whole look was designed by Ralph & Russo.
Angelina Jolie poses with daughters Zahara and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt on the red carpet for the presentation of the movie Eternals at the 16th annual Rome International Film Festival, in Rome, Italy, on October 24. Photo: EPA-EFE
Jolie shined bright in this strapless metallic gown at the Eternals premiere in October 2021. Jolie was accompanied by two of her daughters, Zahara and Shiloh, at the Rome Film Festival in this metallic Atelier Versace gown.
Angelina Jolie attends the UK premiere of Eternals at the BFI Max in London, Britain, on October 27. Photo: EPA-EFE
She was all smiles when she put a spin on classic menswear in this embellished tuxedo ball gown at another Eternals premiere. This posh look was designed by Valentino Haute Couture.