Katie Holmes' Red Carpet Retrospective

From Dawson's Creek to Mrs. Tom Cruise, you won't want to miss our cover star's high fashion transformation.
For more, read our exclusive interview with the star and check out the exclusive photos from Katie's cover shoot.

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October 18, 2011 8:00 AM
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April 1998

Black shear top on black maxi skirt on black tights on black shoes and slicked back hair-do. Oh K, we'll chock this one up to youthful ignorance and bad 90s fashion trends at the 11th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in L.A.
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September 1998

Katie Holmes sure loved monochromatic garb back in the day. Here, for the 50th Annual Emmy Awards, she wore a Crest-white embroidered dress, with matching pearl necklace and bracelet, plus a delicate flower of a handbag.

February 2001

We all remember when Katie starred as "Joey" on Dawson's Creek. We also remember those turn of the century (i.e. circa 2001) crop top tanks, like this read one — how very down-to-earth-girl-next-door.
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December 2002

For TNT's "Christmas in Washington" Concert, which Katie hosted in December of 2002, she wore a floor length, navy strapless gown with a skin-bearing slit. Can we talk about how impossibly toned her shoulders and legs looked?!
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October 2003

For the New York City premiere of Pieces of April, Katie donned a ruby red, floral print maxi dress with a simple up-do. We love the glowing makeup (They say third time's a trend and we've seen the hair swept back look on Katie more than three times.)
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October 2003

At the Louis Vuitton United Cancer Front Gala in 2003, Holmes paired strappy sandals with a pink and white print dress and carried a gold tote. Kind of country, but still very sweet.
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May 2004

We love this pewter and taupe dress with gauzy fly-aways that Katie wore to the celebration of the Stella McCartney London store's first birthday.
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September 2004

Okay, so, we are jazzed that Katie finally wore her hair down to the premiere of her movie First Daughter in New York — it looks so glossy! —, but we're less sure about the sheer dress.
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November 2004

Ooh la la — very glam indeed! Katie channeled old Hollywood chic with her daring red lipstick, dress, handbag, and heels at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.
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January 2005

Fabulous silk, people-printed maxi dress, K! Holmes wore this look to a Golden Globes after party in Beverly Hills. (Just around the time she started dating Tom Cruise…hmm!)
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April 2005

Katie Holmes stepped out with her then new man, Tom Cruise, in a lacy nude and black number at the David di Donatello Awards in Rome. Even though we're not sure about the leather bosom portion of the gown, we have to say the starlet looked bellissima!
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January 2007

For the Armani Haute Couture show at Paris Fashion Week S/S 2007, Holmes wore a gauzy eggshell cocktail dress with jeweled-crusted pumps and a matching shawl draped over her shoulders. Chic.
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February 2007

Holmes dazzled in Armani Privé at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2007. This asymmetric, blush chiffon gown really does remind us of a fabulous Hollywood soirée.
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March 2007

Holmes arrived to the MENTOR LA's Promise Gala in honor of Tom Cruise (a.k.a. her hubby), in a billowy blouse, straight pencil skirt, fishnet hose and patent pumps. With her hair in soft curls and flirty pose, she's saying, "Yes, he's with me."
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October 2007

For the Lions for Lambs Berlin premiere, Holmes wore a glittery silver cocktail dress by Armani and sparkly heels. Her wispy chin-length 'do is playful, too.
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November 2007

Holmes wore a figure-hugging navy Monique Lhuillier gown to the 2007 Bambi Awards in Dusseldorf, Germany, with husband Tom Cruise. She also showed off her recently cropped bob, which we adore.
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October 2009

These ruffles-and-silk Azzedine Alaia separates are simply darling. Her jet-black Hermés clutch and Givenchy pumps are the perfect accessories to the overall soft look.
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May 2010

At the National Movie Awards in London, Katie picked a slanted-striped maxi dress from her own designer label, Holmes and Yang. It's a perfect silhouette for her tall frame.
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September 2010

For the Variety 2nd Annual Power of Women Luncheon, Katie Holmes was all about the labels: Chanel clutch, Casadei pumps, and Louis Vuitton floral pleated dress. Love it!
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March 2011

Holmes wore a dashing Dolce & Gabbana black and cream suit with polka-dotted pumps for the John Frieda film premiere of The Decision in New York.
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May 2011

For the 56th Annual Drama Desk Awards in NYC, Holmes wore a floor-sweeping, cap-sleeved, pleated fuchsia gown with a big bow loosely tied in the front. Add a simple clutch and tousled hair and done.
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September 2011

For the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, Holmes posed in a Calvin Klein Collection royal blue gown and with her hand on her hip, she gave a sassy over-the-shoulder glance at photographers.
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August 2011

For the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, Katie Holmes combined Proenza Schouler and Azzedine Alaia to create a spot on rock'n'roll look. The lace-up ankle boots, punchy dress, and wavy locks definitely scream rockstar glam.