A-list actresses like Angelina Jolie only come around once in a generation. Since making her Hollywood breakthrough with Girl, Interrupted in 2000, Angie has become not only a bonafide movie star but an international icon. As her career — and personal life — has shifted track across three decades, so has the actress’ sartorial inclinations. From Hackers-era cyber attire and Lara Croft biker chic to Hollywood mom glam and Brangelina ballgowns, Angie has gone from 90s goth to 00s glam and beyond. “I am still at heart — and always will be — just a punk kid with tattoos,” Angie told Vogue of her fashion choices in 2004. Does the sound bite still hold true in 2021? Here, to celebrate the star’s 46th birthday and new movie Those Who Wish Me Dead, we chart Angelina’s style evolution across three decades.
At the reopening of Tru, 1991
The daughter of actors Jon Voigt and Marcheline Bertrand, Angelina made her film debut at age 7, playing opposite her father in a bit role in 1982’s Lookin to Get Out. A few years after her first screen appearance, however, Angie dropped out of acting classes to pursue a career as a funeral director, enrolling in at-home embalming courses. In 1991, at age 16, Jolie restarted her theatre studies, and, two years later, began her acting career with a starring role in low-budget sci-fi flick Cyborg 2. Angie’s early career style — seen in headshots, photo sessions and at premieres — took in the 90s most ubiquitous trends, all lightly tinged with the actress’ goth-y inclinations. Think babydoll dresses in bruise purple, bustiers in blood crimson and black-as-night leather. Here, with her father — and first co-star — Angie wears the era’s oversized suiting with matching camisole and two swipes of eyeshadow in the same shade of corpse gray.
At the premiere of Playing God, 1997
In 1995, Angie garnered her first mainstream film role, starring as cybercriminal Kate Libby in teen crime film Hackers. As Angie established herself in the industry, she came into herself sartorially, fully embracing her gothic predilections. Throughout the mid-90s, the actress wore velvet capes, iridescent slip dresses and velour maxi dresses. Here, at the premiere of Playing God, Angie wears a floor-length leather coat — and a buzzed head — perhaps inspired, in part, by the cyber-goth style of her Hackers character.