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From 90s indie teen to doyenne of the red carpet, Claire Danes' style evolution

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Many of us feel like we've grown up with Claire Danes. 

She was there with us in the throes of teenage angst for My So-Called Life, and we cried for her and Leo in the seminal 90s re-make of Romeo & Juliet (we also shed tears over her heart-wrenching portrayal of Beth in 1994's Little Women).

While she enjoyed a stream of film roles throughout the Noughties, it wasn't until 2011 when she seized the public's imagination once again as the finely observed and fragile-but-tough Carrie Mathison in hit series Homeland

Claire's fashion evolution has mirrored the trajectory of her career, with the actress effortlessly moving from indie chic 90s - think funky hair and halter tops - to the classic and flattering silhouettes she favours today, aged 35.

With a host of awards to her name, it's unsurprising that designers from Calvin Klein and Nina Ricci to the late Oscar de la Renta have clamoured to dress this supremely talented Hollywood star, whose style just gets better and better. Come take a look at how Claire Danes' fashion has changed, from the early 90s to now:

(Photos: Rex Features)

  • 1993

    Ms Danes scored her breakthrough role aged 13, as Angela Chase in legendary series My So-Called Life

  • 1996

    Here she is rocking a distinct 90s grunge vibe (remember that hair?) at the LA premiere of Romeo & Juliet

  • 1996

    17-year-old Claire joins Winona Ryder at the Fire & Ice Ball in LA. 

  • 1997

    The rising star opts for an ice-blue Narciso Rodriguez skirt and sweater combo for the 1997 Oscars.

    Again, let's take a moment to appreciate her on-trend 90s hair. 

  • 1999

    Claire and her then-boyfriend Ben Lee opt for vastly different looks at the premiere of crime thriller The Mod Squad.

    Claire's moving from indie chic to more of a preppy vibe here; it's all about shades of beige. 

  • 2002

    Claire aged 23 at the New York premiere for comedy-drama Igby Goes Down

  • 2002

    We absolutely love this dainty spaghetti strap dress Claire wears to the LA premiere of The Hours

    Simple and lyrical, it's the perfect look for her. 

  • 2003

    Va va voom. Claire pulls out all the stops for her first outing at New York's iconic Costume Institute Gala, with the theme of "Goddess: The Classical Mode". 

  • 2004

    A year later at the same event, she wows in Alexander McQueen for the theme "Dangerous Liaisons".

  • 2004

    Chic and beautiful on the front row of New York fashion week. 

  • 2004

    We rarely see Claire off the red carpet, but she's working a cool, summery vibe like a pro here on the streets of New York - back in the days when she was dating Billy Crudup.

  • 2005

    A vision in lilac, Claire wears Valentino Couture to the 2005 Globes.

  • 2005

    It's another Greek goddess-style look from Claire at the 2005 CFDA Awards in New York, courtesy of the city's homegrown talent Behnaz Sarafpour. 

  • 2005

    How well does this woman do lilac? She's in Narciso Rodriguez for one of his shows in New York. 

  • 2006

    Hello, Ms Radiant. A 27-year-old Claire is pictured at a UK fundraising event. 

  • 2007

    Prada is the name of the game for the actress at the 2007 Costume Institute Gala in New York. 

  • 2007

    Elegant as ever in Jean Paul Gaultier at the Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Awards in New York.

  • 2007

    It's a classic and sophisticated city look from Claire at a New York charity event. 

  • 2008

    In Calvin Klein, with her now-husband Hugh Dancy. 

  • 2008

    Glowing in Donna Karan, at a Las Vegas bash. 

  • 2009

    A luscious Lanvin bustier dress makes Claire belle of the ball at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards in LA. 

  • 2009

    She's stealing the show in Nina Ricci at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

  • 2010

    In beaded Armani at the 2010 Emmys. 

  • 2010

    Looking fabulous in Zac Posen at a Zac Posen store launch in New York. 

  • 2011

    This pink Calvin Klein number is an absolute winner for the 2011 Golden Globes.

  • 2011

    In Oscar de la Renta, at the 2011 Emmys. 

  • 2012

    The actress has bucket-loads of presence in a statuesque monochrome J. Mendel creation at the 2012 Golden Globes. 

  • 2012

    She chooses a glorious pink tulle gown by Valentino for the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party. 

  • 2012

    Proving she can do maternity style with the best of them, Claire wears an eye-catching Lanvin design to the 2012 Emmys, when pregnant with her and Hugh Dancy's first child.

    Their son, Cyrus, was born three months after this. 

  • 2013

    New parents Claire and Hugh look to be on top form at the 2013 Golden Globes. Claire is dressed in a scarlet Versace number. 

  • 2013

    We're big fans of the powder blue shade of this Prada affair, showcased at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington DC.

  • 2013

    Style plaudits for this flared effect from Lanvin at the Showtime Emmy Eve Soiree in LA. 

  • 2013

    It's a lovely look for Claire in Armani Prive. 

  • 2014

    In Vionnet, at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in LA.

  • 2014

    It's a tres chic Christian Dior ensemble for Claire, at the 2014 PGA Awards. 

  • 2014

    We truly love this Oscar de la Renta frock, modelled by the actress at a New York luncheon. 

  • 2014

    Drama galore comes with another Oscar de la Renta showpiece.

    It's Claire with husband Hugh at the New York Costume Institute Gala. 

  • 2014

    In red lace Givenchy at the Emmys. 

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