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Happy Birthday, Carey Mulligan: 51 Roaring Red Carpet Moments

May 28 2014 - 6:10am

Today is Carey Mulligan [1]'s 29th birthday! Though we first fell in love with her in the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, it's her ravishing red carpet style that has us on constant Carey watch. Donning everything from simple silhouettes adorned with subtle jewels to high-shine confections twinkling with enchantment, this British beauty has put us under her style spell, and we have no plan of ever coming out. Carey rode a major sartorial wave while promoting the fashion-centric hit The Great Gatsby — showcasing dashing designs from Lanvin, Prada, and Victoria Beckham [2], just to name a few — and has continued her chic streak tenfold. Today the actress turns 29 — what better way to celebrate than with a style tribute to the leading lady's effortless elegance? Get ready to be dazzled by the real-life Daisy Buchanan.

Carey Mulligan in Yellow Christian Dior at the 2013 Centrepiece Gala

A simple silhouette in a megawatt hue made Carey really stand out in 2013. She complemented her Dior creation with classic pumps and a slicked-back 'do.

Carey Mulligan in Black and White Vionnet at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Carey went back to basics in a black and white Vionnet gown and satin Brian Atwood platforms for the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Inside Llewyn Davis.

Carey Mulligan in Chanel at the 2010 Orange British Academy Film Awards

Carey stepped out of her minimalistic comfort zone and toed the futuristic fashion line in a textured Chanel creation, complete with gold and ruby embellishments, at the BAFTAs in London.

Carey Mulligan in Red Roland Mouret at the 2012 London Film Critics' Circle Awards

Carey Mulligan [3] wowed in a fiery Roland Mouret number, complete with leather flower appliqués and brilliant blue YSL suede pumps, at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards.

Carey Mulligan in Victoria Beckham at the 2013 Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Ball

Carey juxtaposed her tuxedo-inspired Victoria Beckham [4] suit with feminine Saint Laurent t-straps and diamond drop earrings from Tiffany & Co. at the Blue Book Ball in NYC.

Carey Mulligan in Floral Vionnet at the 2010 BAFTAs

Carey dazzled in a gradient floral gown by Vionnet at the 2010 BAFTAs. The gorgeous creation featured long sleeves, a geometric front hem, a mini train, and a cinched black sash.

Carey Mulligan in a Nina Ricci Bustier at the 2013 The Great Gatsby Sydney Premiere

For the Great Gatsby premiere in Sydney, Carey exuded femininity with a dash of menswear in a pastel pink Nina Ricci bustier and black high-waisted trousers.

Carey Mulligan in Metallic Prada at the 2012 Met Gala

At the 2012 Met Gala, Carey sparkled in a silver and gold paillette halter and satin pumps, both by Prada. She completed her red carpet style with minimal jewels and a polished updo.

Carey Mulligan in Black Dior at the 2013 Tiffany & Co. Great Gatsby Dinner

Carey Mulligan [5] was the epitome of minimalistic chic in a black short-sleeved Dior gown at the Tiffany & Co. dinner in honor of The Great Gatsby in Sydney.

Carey Mulligan in Blush Dior Haute Couture at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony

A little rain couldn't stop the Carey fashion train at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival. The leading lady blossomed in a matte blush Dior Haute Couture creation and dripping diamond jewels from Tiffany & Co. — pear-shaped drop earrings and a platinum-set cluster bracelet.

Carey Mulligan in Yellow Bottega Veneta at an Oscars Nomination Luncheon

Carey was the epitome of Spring, working a sunny striped Bottega Veneta dress and perforated sandals in LA.

Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga by Alexander Wang at the 2013 Met Gala

At the 2013 punk-themed Met Gala, Carey stepped out in a black Balenciaga by Alexander Wang dress, complete with sexy side cutouts and a giant safety pin at the neckline. Her sleek t-strap pumps and slicked bob provided the finishing touches.

Carey Mulligan in Red Lanvin at the 2013 The Great Gatsby NYC Premiere

For the NYC premiere of The Great Gatsby, Carey wowed in a red Lanvin dress, ankle-strap Brian Atwood sandals, and Tiffany & Co. jewels.

Carey Mulligan in a Lanvin Tuxedo at the 2013 The Great Gatsby Pre-Met Ball Screening

Carey completed her menswear-inspired look — Lanvin tuxedo jacket and trousers — with ankle-strap Brian Atwood sandals at the pre-Met Ball screening of The Great Gatsby in NYC.

Carey Mulligan in Watercolor Prada at the 2010 Virtuoso Awards

Carey had us dreaming of lazy beach days with a watercolor-photo-print Prada confection at the Virtuoso Awards in Santa Barbara, CA. The actress topped her unique fit-and-flare dress with a coordinating Prada clutch and swirly metallic sandals.

Carey Mulligan in Lace Prada at a 2013 The Great Gatsby Event

The leading lady went monochromatic in an elegant ruffle-and-lace coat dress by Prada and satin Brian Atwood platforms during the Prada Dress Gatsby fete in NYC.

Carey Mulligan in Proenza Schouler at a 2010 Never Let Me Go Photocall in London

Carey glowed in a mustard Proenza Schouler dress with black trim detail and matching YSL platforms at a 2010 London photocall for Never Let Me Go.

Carey Mulligan in Vionnet at the 2010 London Film Festival

What's not to love about the gorgeous Vionnet maxi Carey chose for opening night of the London Film Festival? From its full-bodied hues to its feminine pleating and ruffle detail, this halter was absolute perfection — and let's not forget her shimmering Giuseppe Zanotti for Vionnet wedges.

Carey Mulligan in Chanel Couture at the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

Carey looked flawless in a chocolate-colored, sequined Chanel Couture confection — complete with decadent gold hardware trim — suede booties, and a bronzed clutch at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in NYC.

Carey Mulligan in Erdem at the 2010 Dubai International Film Festival

Carey evoked a goth-glam vibe in a printed Erdem gown and smoky eye shadow at the opening night gala of The King's Speech in Dubai.

Carey Mulligan in Roksanda Ilincic at the 2011 Comic-Con Festival

Carey went fundamental in a colorblock Roksanda Ilincic midi dress and vibrant red pumps during Comic-Con in San Diego. The torso cutouts injected a dash of sex appeal into her otherwise modest dress.

Carey Mulligan in Fringed Bottega Veneta at the 2011 Hollywood Film Awards Gala

Carey chose a sequined and fringed Bottega Veneta number for the 15th annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, CA, in 2011. The blond stunner paired her textured frock with black peep-toe pumps and a studded Bottega Veneta box clutch.

Carey Mulligan in Red Prabal Gurung at the 2010 British Independent Film Awards

Carey earned the title of sexy sophisticate in a red Prabal Gurung sheath, embellished with a ruffled bodice, classic black peep-toes, and a tribal Roger Vivier clutch, at the British Independent Film Awards in London.

Carey Mulligan in Embellished Prada at the 2009 MOCA Anniversary Gala

For the MOCA 30th Anniversary Gala in 2009, Carey chose an allover crystal-embellished Prada halter, satin black pumps, and a patent-leather letter clutch.

Carey Mulligan in Alexander McQueen at the 2013 New York Film Festival

Carey went dark and dangerous in an embellished-collar McQueen midi dress in September 2013.

Carey Mulligan in Burgundy Vionnet at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival

Draped in a rich burgundy Vionnet gown paired with nude pointed pumps and a satin box clutch, Carey stunned at a 2009 afterparty in London.

Carey Mulligan in Leather Prada at the 2009 An Education NYC Premiere

Donning a gladiator-inspired, perforated-leather Prada confection, Carey toed the goth-glam line at the NYC premiere of An Education. She cinched her warrior-princess look with a brown leather belt to accentuate her fit frame, while ankle-strap sandals and an engraved clutch rounded out her party style.

Carey Mulligan in Lanvin at the 2010 Directors Guild of America Awards

Carey posed for photos in a one-shoulder, salmon-hued Lanvin sheath, geometric sandals, and a gold statement bracelet at the Directors Guild of America Awards in Century City, CA.

Carey Mulligan in Floral Lanvin at the 2009 An Education LA Premiere

Carey blossomed in a strapless floral Lanvin number at the 2009 LA premiere of An Education.

Carey Mulligan in Lace Elie Saab at the 2010 Never Let Me Go NYC Premiere

Carey brought decadent drama in a peekaboo lace and tulle Elie Saab confection and satin black pumps at the NYC premiere of Never Let Me Go.

Carey Mulligan in a Red Lanvin Gown at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards

At the 2010 SAG Awards, Carey lit up the red carpet in an hourglass Lanvin gown, adorned with a pearlized brooch, a champagne clutch, and dainty drop earrings.

Carey Mulligan in The Row at the 2010 Elle Style Awards

At the Elle Style Awards, Carey topped her sleek black basics with a blue python jacket by The Row.

Carey Mulligan in a Prada Gown at the 2010 Oscars

Adorned with floral crystal brooches, miscellaneous buttons, and miniature scissors, Carey's voluminous, custom Prada dress was the talk of the 2010 Oscars.

Carey Mulligan in Roland Mouret at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival

Carey hit the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in a structured eggplant sheath by Roland Mouret, cutout suede Fendi sandals, and a double-wrap leather belt.

Carey Mulligan in a Chocolate Vionnet Halter at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

While promoting Never Let Me Go in Toronto, Carey styled a chocolate crepe de chine Vionnet halter with leopard Prada Mary Janes.

Carey Mulligan in a Navy Nina Ricci Gown at the 2010 Golden Globes

Carey had a dark princess moment, complete with dazzling diamond headwear, in a navy and black tulle creation by Nina Ricci at the 2010 Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, CA.

Carey Mulligan in Floral Miu Miu at the 2010 Met Gala

Carey channeled her inner girlie girl in a lavender, floral-appliquéd Miu Miu dress at the 2010 Met Gala in NYC.

Carey Mulligan in Black Lanvin at the 2013 Grammy Awards

Carey jazzed up her all-black Lanvin ensemble with a gold box clutch and matching metal choker at the Grammy Awards in LA.

Carey Mulligan in Tweed Chanel at the 2010 The Greatest LA Premiere

Carey made us yearn for cooler weather in a blue tweed Chanel sheath and gold-trim leather sandals in Hollywood.

Carey Mulligan in a Long Black Gown at the 2010 Critics' Choice Awards

The actress waltzed into the Critics' Choice Awards looking downright dapper in a black halter gown nipped at the waist with a gold hardware belt and lust-worthy statement necklace.

Carey Mulligan in Nina Ricci at the 2010 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps NYC Premiere

For the NYC premiere of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Carey styled a two-toned Nina Ricci dress — with a rosette-detailed bodice and ruched skirt — with patent Yves Saint Laurent platforms.

Carey Mulligan in Christopher Kane at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards

Carey proved her street cred in an edgy leather Christopher Kane sheath at the Independent Spirit Awards in LA. She accessorized her intricate creation, adorned with embellished jewels and lace trim, with cutout Rupert Sanderson sandals.

Carey Mulligan in Preen at the 2010 BAFTA Los Angeles Awards

Looking sweet and sophisticated in a full-skirt Preen creation and blue suede YSL pumps in 2010, Carey nailed the colorblock trend long before it was popular.

Carey Mulligan in a High-Waisted LBD at the 2010 Sony Pictures Dinner Party

Carey went all black in a high-waisted LBD and strappy sandals with a gold-trim clutch at a Sony Pictures dinner party in Beverly Hills, CA.

Carey Mulligan in Giles at the 2010 Hollywood Awards Gala

Carey donned a rich, draped Giles dress with a coordinating clutch and navy peep-toe pumps at the 14th annual Hollywood Awards Gala.

Carey Mulligan in Peter Pilotto at the 2010 AFI Fest

Carey posed in a printed Peter Pilotto dress with sheer lace detail and blue peep-toe pumps during the AFI Fest in Hollywood.

Carey Mulligan in Red Bottega Veneta at the 2009 British Independent Film Awards

Carey looked effortlessly chic in a pleated Bottega Veneta number with statement accessories — black caged sandals and a woven Bottega Veneta clutch — at the British Independent Film Awards 2009 in London.

Carey Mulligan in Prada at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

Carey looked picture perfect donning an amethyst jacquard fit-and-flare number by Prada and patent Yves Saint Laurent platforms in Palm Springs, CA.

Carey Mulligan in a Little Black Dress at the 2009 Academy Awards Luncheon

It's no secret Carey loves a classic LBD, but at an Academy Awards luncheon, the actress updated the closet staple with a front peekaboo keyhole and peplum detail.

Carey Mulligan in Valentino at the 2012 Asmallworld Gala

Carey showed her support for The Alzheimer's Society in a long-sleeved black-and-silver Valentino confection, stud-detailed Prada sandals, and a black quilted clutch in NYC.

Carey Mulligan in Nina Ricci at the 2013 London Critics' Circle Awards

At the 2010 London Critics' Circle Film Awards, Carey exuded ladylike elegance in a rosette-detailed Nina Ricci gown, diamond drops earrings, and a black satin clutch.

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