Emma Watson Stunned in Her First Red Carpet Appearance Since 2019

She wore—wait for it—upcycled wedding dresses.

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Emma Watson is back! Until this weekend, the actress and activist hadn't shown up on a red carpet since 2019, at the premiere of Little Women (opens in new tab). For her big comeback, Watson chose the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Earthshot Prize (opens in new tab) ceremony at Alexandra Palace in London, which rewarded those working to preserve the environment.

As such, Watson picked her outfit very carefully, and settled on a stunning creation by Harris Reed (opens in new tab), a designer who puts identity and gender fluidity at the heart of their work. Her outfit consisted of a tulle and lace white asymmetrical gown/tunic over flared black pants.

london, england october 17 emma watson attends the earthshot prize 2021 at alexandra palace on october 17, 2021 in london, england photo by alberto pezzali wpa pool getty images

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london, england october 17 emma watson attends the earthshot prize 2021 at alexandra palace on october 17, 2021 in london, england photo by alberto pezzali wpa pool getty images

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london, england october 17 emma watson attends the earthshot prize 2021 at alexandra palace on october 17, 2021 in london, england photo by alberto pezzali wpa pool getty images

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"I had the immense honour to dress @emmawatson in customised head to toe Harris Reed for tonight’s Earthshot Prize," Reed wrote on Instagram (opens in new tab). "Emma wears full Up-cycled Demi- Couture gown from my collection FOUND using old wedding dresses from @oxfamgb with classic H- flares all topped off with the divine #harrisreedxmissoma earrings, rings and bracelets! A massive massive thank you to @rebeccajbean for working night after night on this stunning piece, @phoebebluecobb for helping make it all come true!!! Endlessly grateful to be be able to have."

A rep for Oxfam, a UK-based charity shop (think Goodwill), commented, "An incredible outfit for an incredible woman ... Thank you again for your wonderful support of Oxfam, and choosing #foundinoxfam dresses for your collection!"

Watson is hugely passionate about the environment (among many other causes) and also shared a promotional clip for COP26 on Instagram (opens in new tab), which is the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference.

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