“I’m kind of done with you telling me what I can’t do,” retorts 29-year-old Brie Larson as Carol Danvers in the trailer for her forthcoming superhero blockbuster “Captain Marvel.” A sequence of badass, action-packed shots soon follows, during which she ultimately saves humankind from a galactic war between two alien races. True to her word, there really seems to be nothing that she can’t do.
And that applies offscreen as well. Ever since she enrolled in the American Conservatory Theater at the age of six — the youngest person to ever do so — it appears she was destined for fame, accepting a vast and varied range of roles that showcased her talents. There were the light teen comedies (“Sleepover”), the fun action hits (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”), and the serious dramas, with the most notable being “Room,” which rightfully earned her a slew of accolades including the 2016 Academy Award for Best Actress.
Her years in the spotlight have made her a veteran of the red carpet game. From a bright-eyed, fresh-faced pre-teen, who always managed to strike the right balance between playfulness and age-appropriate, to the incredibly poised, designer-clad A-list celebrity that she is today, we charted her fashion and beauty evolution through the years, proving that there really is no look she can’t do nor a red carpet she can’t conquer.
June 23, 2002
Larson began her fashion journey as a 12-year-old with all the preteen sartorial preferences to match, like this darling floral-print strapless that she wore to the Los Angeles premiere of “Hey Arnold!”, expertly matching the red pops of color to her sandals and the hair accessories that decorate her playful updo.
March 28, 2004
Her flirtatious style — along with her bangs — carried over into 2004, where she was seen cheekily posing at “The Prince and Me” premiere in a midriff-baring ace of hearts-inspired tank, a striped skirt with tiered ruffles, and metallic strappy mules. It is her hairstyle, though, that indicates maturity: She wore it long and tousled instead of a prom-like upsweep.
Jan. 12, 2009
Her next big moment came four years later, where she re-emerged at the “United States of Tara” premiere exuding a much more sophisticated look: a high-neck cherry red dress with a flouncy hem, which she styled with a vintage-style chain-link purse, black pumps and a Catherine Deneuve-esque headband crafted out of black ribbon to hold her sleek strands in place.
May 4, 2014
But it was not until the 2014 Met Gala that she proved she could do high fashion — and do it well. To everyone’s surprise, she took a major risk both in beauty and in fashion, and it paid off. As one of her most memorable looks to date, Larson shined bright in gilded set custom made by Prada, which she styled with a very tight top knot and black add-ons.
Jan. 10, 2016
Had Larson prophesied her 2016 Golden Globes win? Because she matched her award by looking something like a statuette herself in a custom Calvin Klein Collection column featuring an allover gold embellished finish, a halter neckline, a keyhole slit and ribcage cutouts. Long earrings, nude lipstick and pin-straight hair finished her look.
Jan. 30, 2016
Next up on the awards circuit was the SAG Awards, and out came arguably her leggiest look yet: an aqua Atelier Versace creation with Swarovski crystal details, an alluring cutout and a sexy thigh-high slit. She kept her hair pinned back, but added a single pop of color with a coral lip.
Feb. 28, 2016
Her romantic aesthetic remained for the rest of the night. For the Oscars after-party, she switched into a pale pink velvet cold-shoulder Monse gown with a discreet cutout on the side. For beauty, she kept her makeup soft and removed her side pins to create loose waves.
May 2, 2016
Goth Larson surfaced at the 2016 Met Gala. She committed to the “Manus x Machina” theme with a silver paillette-covered Proenza Schouler dress with side cutouts and tiers. She picked up on the design’s black velvet bow and brought it over to her black ankle-strap pumps and dark lip.
Feb. 26, 2017
Larson went for drama for the Academy Awards, as one does. She achieved Old Hollywood glamour with a vampy twist with a black velvet Oscar de la Renta dress that boasted a ruffled hemline, a dramatic train and a sharp, angular neckline. In keeping with the aesthetic, she styled her hair down and wavy, and added a siren-red lip.
March 8, 2017
She combined edge and glam for the next “Kong: Skull Island” premiere with a scarlet red — evidently, her favorite color — Oscar de la Renta dress with a thick criss-cross neckline. She left a single wavy lock down and the rest up, and completed her look with classic black Louboutin pumps.
Feb. 5, 2019
To keep us on our toes, Larson broke out of her sartorial shell at the Rodarte fall/winter 2019 show, selecting a maximalist highlighter-pink Rodarte design that came with all the trimmings: lace ruffled sleeves, a knotted sash at the hip, a dramatic keyhole cutout, and a pleated skirt. A statement earring furthered the impact, but she pared down the rest with simple waves and nude sandals.
February 24, 2019
Finding herself back at the Oscars for a third time, Larson did what she does best — bring the drama. In a silver metallic Celine dress, with a high collar and an unforgettable higher-than-ever-before slit, she proved that you do not need a nomination to win at the Academy Awards. With such a high-drama dress, she kept her hair simple, and her makeup neutral.
March 4, 2019
Larson was ready for the spotlight at the “Captain Marvel” U.S. premiere. Stepping onto the red carpet, she was a vision of stars in a custom Rodarte dress and custom Jimmy Choos (they also had stars). Larson kept the colors muted, and her blonde-hair down. The look-itself was a showstopper — a look fit for a superhero — complete with Sydney Evan starburst drop earrings.