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Diane Kruger's Red Carpet Style Is So Stunning, We Can Hardly Believe She's Real

Jul 16 2016 - 1:00pm

Diane Kruger [1] turns 40 today, and we can say without a doubt that there are few people who can pull off a look the way she can. Bringing fashionable risk to red carpet fruition, she's not only adept at crafting the perfect ensemble, but Diane also stuns in them. With supermodel genetics, a serious acting talent, and a gift for styling, she's a triple threat — at the very least. No matter what you put her in, whether it be a high-drama Valentino gown or a sultry, formfitting Calvin Klein number, she brings it to life, both in aesthetic and attitude. Caped, floor-length looks, minidresses, full-skirted Victorian-inspired bustles, and lacy back cutouts — there's not a piece or silhouette she doesn't wear well.

Join us in celebrating Diane's 40th with a look at her best (and some of our absolute favorite) red carpet looks to date.

— Additional reporting by Samantha Sutton and Marisa Tom

Diane looked lovely at the New York premiere of The Infiltrator wearing a Jason Wu dress accessorized with Repossi jewels.

She opted to go short and sexy at the German premiere of Sky wearing a Marc Jacobs dress and Cesare Paciotti shoes.

The star attended the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards in a tiered yellow dress.

Diane went with one of her go-to hues — red! — wearing KaufmanFranco at the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Gala.

Diane looked pretty in a pink Boss number at the Sky premiere in France.

For the 2016 Oscars, Diane made quite the statement in a sheer Reem Acra look.

This feathered blue Prada dress was the perfect elegant choice for the 2016 amfAR New York Gala.

Diane attended a Valentino event in a breathtaking caped creation.

Diane's Chanel dress was quirky yet feminine at the 8th Annual Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit.

This star is always up for a fashion dare, rocking a layered Monique Lhuillier pants look at the LACMA Art + Film Gala.

The star proved all black is anything but boring at Fashion Group International's 2015 Night of Stars.

The star didn't shy away from bright colors at the God's Love WE Deliver Golden Heart Awards in a blue Michael Kors Collection dress.

This checkered look was just quirky enough for Diane at the Maryland Paris premiere.

This Valentino dress stole the show at Venice Film Festival's closing ceremony.

Black and white was anything but boring at a premiere for 11 Minutes thanks to Diane's Oscar de la Renta gown.

Diane and Joshua Jackson [5] made one dapper duo at the Black Mass premiere where she wore Boss.

Pretty in Prada at the Everest premiere.

The actress gave here Preen dress some edge with black booties.

Mixin' things up in Giambattista Valli at a Barneys New York event.

Diane looked red hot in this Prabal Gurung gown at the 2015 CFDA Awards.

A classic's a classic — especially when it's a jumpsuit as chic at this one by Roland Mouret. Diane wore the cutout one-piece to the 8th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.

Fierce and feathery. Diane flawlessly pulled off this Chanel number at amfAR’s 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala.

We love a good layered look and this embellished Prada dress is the epitome of glam.

The star shined bright in Jason Wu as she attended Martell Cognac’s 300th anniversary.

Diane is never afraid to rock pants on the red carpet. She stepped out in this lacy Chanel Couture set at the 2015 Met Gala.

The actress looked like a fairy princess at the 2015 Elle Style Awards in this Chanel Couture dress.

A little leg never hurt nobody. Diane pulled an Angelina while attending an HBO and Showtime event in this Anthony Vaccarello dress.

We still dream about this Donna Karan Atelier jumpsuit that Diane wore to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2015.

Silver and stunning — Diane's Emilia Wickstead gown was one of the best of the night at the 2015 Golden Globes.

Diane looked lovely in this silver embellished Chanel Couture look at the Glamour Awards in 2014.

Diane sweetly held hands with longtime love Joshua Jackson [6] at the premiere of The Affair wearing this off-the-shoulder Michael van der Ham dress.

The star looked supersexy in this black lace Elie Saab dress at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Hollywood costume opening party.

Looking pretty in a peachy Prada gown at the the IFA 2014 Consumer Technology Trade Fair Opening Gala.

She showed a little skin at the Fox All-Star party wearing a black Marios Schwab jumpsuit that featured a little lace panel.

This printed Mary Katrantzou dress really packs a punch! The star wore this dress to the season two premiere of the The Bridge.

God bless America Diane. The style ace sparkled in an all-Americana Chanel set at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival.

Kruger spiced up her two-piece Roland Mouret crop top and pencil skirt with sunny yellow pumps for a 2014 Paley Center event.

Diane Kruger [7] tempered her sultry white cutout Cushnie et Ochs dress with a black Vanessa Bruno blazer and strappy Jimmy Choo sandals at GQ's 2012 Men of the Year Party.

At the 2012 Cannes Festival Haiti Carnival benefit, Diane Kruger [8] donned a stunning Jason Wu sheer lace gown, paired with ankle-strap sandals.

Diane attended this year's Cannes closing ceremony and the premiere of Thérèse Desqueyroux in a wildly voluminous Christian Dior Haute Couture ball gown. The black, white, and gray plaid confection had a structured bodice and was accompanied by a very Victorian-inspired bustle and train. She kept all eyes on the gorgeous gown by keeping her hair and makeup slightly subdued and accessorizing only with a pair of diamond earrings.

For W's Golden Globes luncheon, Kruger wowed in head-to-toe Chanel — a bow-print top and coordinating culottes, the Chanel Lego clutch, and navy ankle-wrap sandals.

Leave it to Diane to always up the fashion ante while promoting her latest ventures. The blond trendsetter worked a bold, modern, and totally cool pairing, a cropped white Carven top and red leather Vanessa Bruno skirt, for a March 2013 book signing in LA.

A sweet-cum-sexy lace Valentino cape dress for Vanity Fair's Oscars party in 2014.

Diane Kruger [9] showed her support for friend Karl Lagerfeld donning Chanel for the house's couture show earlier this year. The German actress wore a schoolgirl-inspired dress partnered with over-the-knee boots, a chic black beret, and classic shoulder bag.

For the NYC premiere of Farewell, My Queen, Kruger chose elegant simplicity in a formfitting brocade gown, white leather clutch, and punchy pink lip.

Diane owned the crop-top trend in a Rochas top and full skirt, cinched with a crisp while belt, paired with black and white Chanel booties during an award season celebration in November 2012.

Diane had a fairy-tale moment — one of many, actually — posing in a floral full skirt Elie Saab creation at the 2014 Critics' Choice Awards.

Diane Kruger [10] again proved her fashion-forward status choosing a tiered Prabal Gurung gown, featuring a white leather and metal belt and sheer ruffled skirt, for a MoMA event honoring Quentin Tarantino [11] in December 2012. Ladylike accessories — feathered earrings and a quirky Charlotte Olympia clutch — completed her flawless party style.

Leave it to Diane to take punk chic to new heights. At the 2013 Met Gala, the blond stunner owned the red carpet in a shimmering sheer-and-lace Chanel confection, dip-dyed pink strands, and a sultry smokey eye.

Diane showed off her style prowess in a borrowed-from-the-boys look while promoting her new movie Der Naechste, Bitte! in Berlin. Kruger tempered her silk floral-print pants with a fitted tuxedo vest, both by Stella McCartney, and a cool-girl white watch.

Diane wore a sexy black cutout gown at the 2004 Women's World Awards in Germany.

While leaving the Good Morning America studios, Kruger looked pristine in Preen, brightening the city streets with navy, red, and neon yellow.

Standing by the basics — red, black, and white — Kruger looked statuesque in a voluminous Prabal Gurung creation and stark-white pumps in September 2013.

For Vanity Fair's 2013 Oscars bash, Diane Kruger [12] went futuristic in a structured black and white Giambattista Valli creation, finished with a few sparkling adornments — Neil Lane earrings and a Jaeger-LeCoultre diamond-encrusted watch — a slicked-back bun, and trendy Christian Louboutin pumps.

No stranger to couture creations, Kruger looked right at home in this apron-pleat high-low Giambattista Valli Spring 2014 mini.

She looked ultraromantic in lace at the 2005 BAFTA Film Awards.

She revealed her sexy back at the Glamour 2006 Golden Globe afterparty.

Diane loves a great LBD, and this iteration, rocked in 2006, was anything but basic.

She wore a hot black number, this time in maxi dress form, in 2006.

How cool did Diane look in bold orange Phillip Lim in 2008?

She looked fabulous in fur at the Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris in 2008.

Showing off her love of menswear in 2008, Diane perfected the borrowed-from-the-boys vibe at the Berlin Film Festival.

Diane looked simply lovely in florals in 2008.

At the 2014 Met Gala, Diane stood out on the red carpet donning an embellished-panel Hugo Boss gown in a cool lilac hue.

Kruger epitomized cool-girl style in a garden-print Erdem jumpsuit in January 2014.

Donning a high-low hem, Diane chose a Ralph Lauren gown for the Fashion Dinner For AIDS in Paris in 2009.

Wearing his red-hot creation, Diane posed with designer Jason Wu at the 2009 CFDA Awards.

She was perfection in this flowy Phi fabulousness at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival.

Now this was a fiery equation — Diane, plus Marchesa, equals red hot!

She wore a skin-baring gown by Emilio Pucci to the 2011 UNICEF Ball.

Diane dazzled in marigold Jason Wu at the 2010 SAG Awards.

We loved Diane in this sexy LRD and Alexander Wang leopard booties.

She brought the color quotient up a notch by melding fuchsia and black in this Jason Wu gown at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Diane "Wu-ed" us in a perfectly constructed pairing: white collared Jason Wu blouse and peplum-detailed black trousers, at an FX upfront bowling event earlier this year. Her strappy black pumps and red mini Chanel bag were the icing on this fashion-forward look.

For the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Inescapable, Kruger wowed in an ornate Valentino Couture selection. A sequined and fur-trimmed bodice and ruched skirt, complete with a sexy slit, had tongues wagging.

When visiting the City of Light you better bring your fashion A-game, and in 2012 Diane most definitely did. The star took us back to a much simpler and stylish time donning a formfitting Jason Wu jumpsuit, plush leopard coat, and retro-chic curls.

She walked the red carpet in 2011 in a particularly moody metallic Lanvin mini.

Diane wore minimalist Calvin Klein at the Met Gala in 2010.

For the Chanel Bijoux De Diamant 80th Anniversary it was all about the sparkle factor. Working a cobalt and black Chanel minidress with patent pumps, a diamond-encrusted bracelet, and yellow satin clutch, Diane definitely dazzled.

Diane Kruger [13] balanced her high-octane Prabal Gurung trousers with a basic black crop top and peep-toe pumps for a Vogue and MAC Cosmetics soiree in May 2013.

She showed off her legs in a hot sequined mini for the Chanel Cruise Collection presentation in 2010.

The starlet opted for a bright little Calvin Klein shift at the Elle Women in Hollywood Tribute in 2010.

We loved spotting Diane in this prim Chanel number for the Sidaction Gala Dinner in 2011.

She wore a sparkly, lacy Dolce & Gabbana for the Unknown LA premiere in February 2011.

Diane Kruger [14]'s tea-length pastel creation and red lip combo emitted a ballerina-gone-bad excitement at a Jason Wu Summer soiree — and we love it!

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Didn't she look positively regal in a violet Chanel dress at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2011?

She proved goddess-like in a Vionnet halter gown at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival.

Diane rocked embellished Jason Wu — and a thigh-high slit — at the Met Gala in May 2011.

Veering away from her neutral palette, she wore gorgeous red YSL — and a rouge lip to match — at the 2011 amfAR Inspiration Gala.

For the 2013 Critics' Choice Awards, Diane exuded retro glamour in a lace corset Nina Ricci dress with red add-ons: suede pointed pumps and coordinating lipstick.

The actress dazzled in Chanel Couture at the design house's show during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in 2011.

She brightened up an Alessandra Rich dress with a neon belt for the Liaisons Au Louvre II Charity Gala in Paris in 2011.

She donned ladylike Vionnet in lacy, metallic blue for Les Beaux-Arts anniversary celebration in Paris in 2011.

Diane chose a simple yet totally elegant Alberta Ferretti gown for the designer's private Cannes Film Festival cocktail party in 2007.

Diane's Giambattista Valli Couture gown didn't short on the fashion-forward drama at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2012.

For the 2009 amfAR gala, Diane looked beautiful in a black-and-white Chanel Haute Couture ensemble.

Diane shimmered in a metallic sequined gown by Vivienne Westwood at the Amour preview in May 2012.

Kruger emitted edge and elegance in a sheer, embellished LBD by Thakoon, which she paired with two-toned metallic Jimmy Choos for the LA premiere of The Host in March 2013.

Diane stunned at the 2009 Inglourious Basterds premiere in an ivory silk chiffon cowl-back Marchesa dress with silver hand-embroidered detail.

Not many can pull off a body-conscious liquid gold gown, but Diane proved she was up to the task in a floor-length Calvin Klein iteration at the 2011 Sleeping Beauty premiere.

Diane chose this two-toned Jenny Packham dress — and accessorized with a striped Edie Parker clutch — for her final Cannes outfit change this year.

Diane went for classic Parisian chic in a blue Chanel Resort '13 dress, spiked Christian Louboutin flats, and a black newsboy cap for the Chanel Haute Couture show in July.

Here's an elegant example of flapper fashion — Diane Kruger [16] wore a silver embroidered Chanel Haute Couture gown, complete with marcel waves, to the 2008 amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala.

Her lilac-hued 3.1 Phillip Lim tuxedo dress went perfectly with her white Givenchy sandals earlier this month.

She had a serious entrance at this year's Met Gala in a showstopping purple Prada gown.

This gauzy black-and-white halter-style Chanel gown — with an awesome asymmetrical hem, no less — turned heads at the 2010 amfAR gala.

She chose a dramatic black-and-white gown for the 2004 De-Lovely party in Cannes.

This sophisticated navy-blue gown was made especially for Diane by her good friend Karl Lagerfeld — needless to say, she stunned at the 2007 Palme d'Or Awards closing ceremony.

At the Cannes 2012 jury photocall, Diane wowed in a lace-up Versus pleated dress, paired with Jimmy Choo strappy platform sandals.

Diane chose a lacy Erdem gown for her appearance at the Sidaction Gala in January 2012.

She looked ravishing in a white ultraruffled gown by Chanel Haute Couture at the 2006 Palme d'Or Awards closing ceremony.

Diane took a fashion risk with this sheer lace-infused Alessandra Rich look at the 2012 NHL Awards — and we think it totally paid off.

Diane stunned when she arrived at the Moonrise Kingdom premiere at Cannes this year, wearing an ethereal Giambattista Valli Couture seafoam-green gown.

Diane knows how to execute a romantic evening look to perfection, this time in a white Nina Ricci number at the Killing Them Softly premiere in May 2012.

Oh this old thing? Only Diane Kruger [17] could make a basic black floor-length sheath, with on-trend white accouterments, look so chic.

At the 2004 Troy world premiere, she walked arm in arm with Orlando Bloom [18] and wore a feather-infused Chanel Haute Couture gown.

The back of Diane's ethereal Marchesa gown at the 2009 Inglourious Basterds premiere.

Diane Kruger [19] wowed in a Prada Spring '12 halter gown decked out in a melange of pastel grays, lemon, and canary yellows at the 2012 Critics' Choice Awards. She contrasted these hues with a hot-pink clutch to give her look an extra colorful boost.

Diane went for bohemian goddess in this light-pink off-the-shoulder Roberto Cavalli number at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

Kruger took the punk-chic route donning an ethereal yet edgy emerald and black Jonathan Saunders creation for the series premiere of The Bridge in LA.

Kruger wore a brocade, metallic coatdress and leather tiger belt, both by Lanvin, with over-the-knee boots for a November 2012 event in Paris.

For an NYC screening of The Host, Kruger kept it classy in a daintily embellished Chanel minidress and over-the-knee Christian Louboutin boots.

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