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Scarlett Johansson’s style evolution

With poise, presence and an effortless air of retro glamour, Scarlett Johansson is a designer's dream.

Ever since she burst onto our cinema screens aged nine, the actress has displayed the kind of timeless appeal that belies her youth. She's grown up in the spotlight but has never looked awkward in it, with a red carpet style that has flourished through numerous hair changes and that teen-to-late-twenties transition that has floored so many others.

Just as directors such as Woody Allen and Sofia Coppola have rushed to cash in on Scarlett's integral acting talent, so the likes of Valentino and Roland Mouret have courted her for her unique, Marilyn Monroe-esque allure.

The 29-year-old is a strong, fearless purveyor of fashion and over the years we've seen her turn heads in everything from ravishing purple Oscar de la Renta to gold and tulle Dolce and Gabbana - one of her favourite names.

As Scarlett becomes a first-time mum this month, we take a look at her style transformation from fresh-faced teen to full-blown movie star:

  • 1997

    Scarlett in one of her earliest red carpet appearances at the Independent Spirit Awards.

    She's 12 years old here and is nominated for an award for her role in independent drama Manny & Lo.

  • 1998

    By 1998, the teenager had already appeared in a number of films, including 2004's North with Elijah Wood and the 1996 comedy If Lucy Fell with Ben Stiller.

  • 1998

    The same year saw her star alongside Robert Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas with a lead role in The Horse Whisperer.

    Robert later remarked upon Scarlett's maturity, describing her as "13 going on 30".

  • 2001

    Sweet 16 Scarlett hits the Annual Hollywood Film Festival Awards in Beverly Hills in August 2001.

  • 2001

    It's double denim for Scar-Jo at a launch party in New York, November 2001.

  • 2001

    She's just on the cusp of international stardom here.

  • 2002

    An auburn-haired Scarlett is introduced to the delights of front row life at the Cynthia Rowley show during New York Fashion Week 2002.

  • 2003

    2003 and the actress goes for a cropped blonde 'do at the Independent Spirit Awards in LA.

    This was a big year for Scarlett; after graduating from high school, some of Hollywood's biggest directors courted the rising star and she landed major roles in Lost In Translation and Girl with a Pearl Earring.

  • 2003

    She also found time to pop by a few more fashion shows...

  • 2003

    ... And caused a stir on the red carpet in this fearless azure velvet dress, at the Hollywood Movie Awards Gala Ceremony.

  • 2004

    2004, and Scarlett moves from the front row to hit the catwalk at the Cynthia Rowley show - proof of her burgeoning celebrity status.

  • 2004

  • 2004

    She looks gorgeous in a cute chiffon number by Prada at an awards ceremony in LA.

  • 2004

    Channeling Marilyn Monroe in Prada at the 2004 Baftas in London.

  • 2004

    Working a fierce gold metallic design by Roberto Cavalli - and some seriously impressive dual-tone eyeshadow - at the 2004 Brits (Earls Court didn't know what hit it).

  • 2004

    19-year-old Scarlett looks great in green, as evidenced by this sumptuous gown by Alberta Ferretti at the 2004 Oscars.

  • 2004

    Ravishing in red, at the closing ceremony for Venice Film Festival.

    Scarlett starred in a total of five films in 2004 and was invited to join the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

  • 2005

    Scarlett turns heads in a statuesque bronze gown by Roland Mouret at the 2005 Golden Globes.

  • 2005

    Who knew hair curlers could look so good? Scarlett at a fashion show in New York, 2005.

  • 2005

    She's a show-stopper for the film premiere of Match Point, her first venture with film director Woody Allen, in 2005.

  • 2006

    It's a glamorous outing indeed for the actress in postbox-red Valentino at a Golden Globes afterparty in 2006.

  • 2007

    Scarlett in sportswear is something we're not used to seeing.

    The actress plumps for head-to-toe Reebok as she launches the Scarlett Hearts RBK collection in LA, 2007.

  • 2008

    Scarlett wows the crowd in purple Oscar de la Renta at The Other Boleyn Girl film premiere in Berlin.

    The film represented a return to cinema for the actress, who had taken time out to work on her music career (she released her first album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, in 2008).

  • 2008

    The 23-year-old wears a fairy-esque tulle number by Dolce & Gabbana for the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

    A few months after this the actress married her boyfriend of two years, Ryan Reynolds.

  • 2009

    A dark-haired Scarlett hits the catwalk for Dolce & Gabbana in 2009.

  • 2009

    Scarlett dons high street apparel as she becomes the face of Spanish fashion brand Mango.

    She's pictured here at a launch party for the clothing line in Madrid.

  • 2010

    2010 and Scarlett ventures into blockbuster territory, playing the role of the Black Widow in Iron Man 2.

    Here she is wearing Armani to the premiere of the film in LA.

  • 2010

    Attending the Tony theatre awards in New York, 2010 (a year earlier, Scarlett made her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge).

  • 2011

    Scarlett in a beautiful beaded affair by Elie Saab at the Golden Globes in January 2011, just a month after she announced her separation from Ryan Reynolds (the couple finalised their divorce later on in the year).

  • 2011

    Scarlett in Valentino at the Spike TV Guy's Choice Awards in LA.

  • 2012

    April 2012, and Scarlett lands a role in box office smash hit The Avengers.

    She goes low-key in a pair of skinny leather trousers in a photocall for the movie.

  • 2012

    The spotlight's on Scarlett at the 2012 Costume Institute Gala Benefit in New York.

    She chooses one of her favourite designers, Dolce and Gabbana, for the occasion.

  • 2012

    Scarlett goes casual-chic for an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in November 2012.

    Around this time, the star started dating French journalist Romain Dauriac.

  • 2012

    As her relationship with Dauriac flourished, Scarlett spent more time in Paris.

    She's pictured here in Dior at TOD'S signature collection launch in the French capital.

  • 2013

    June 2013, and Scarlett plumps for a sleek black outfit with berry-coloured lipstick for the annual Tony Awards in New York.

  • 2013

    She looks top notch in an outfit by Sonia Rykiel at the Venice Film Festival in September 2013, the same month she announced her engagement to Romain.

  • 2013

    Scarlett wears a light green Roland Mouret number for the premiere of her comedy drama Don Jon in New York.

  • 2014

    We love the retro movie star vibe going on here, as Scarlett arrives for the Late Show with David Letterman in New York.

  • 2014

    Scarlett opts for a fiery red and black combo the premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in Paris.

  • 2014

    Scarlett in a Vivienne Westwood creation at a film event in March.

    This is the last red carpet appearance the star made before becoming a mum. She and Romain welcomed their daughter Rose into the world in September 2014.

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