Sarah Jessica Parker Through the Years

The evolution of a fashion icon.
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You Glow, Girl (2010)

Parker wowed the crowd at the premiere of Sex and the City 2 in New York on May 24, wearing a florescent Valentino gown. "It’s always lovely to get to borrow a beautiful dress," she has said.
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Nerd Alert (1982-83)

The actress’s first TV series, Square Pegs, was about nerds who wanted to fit into a high-school clique. Years later, Parker (right, with Amy Linker) would form the ultimate cool-girls foursome with her SATC pals.
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With Robert Downey Jr. (1985)

Parker (whose ’80s hair was so big it practically needed its own zip code) had a seven-year relationship with Downey that was undone by his drug use. "I thought, ‘Well, I’ll help him,’ " she has said. "Addiction didn’t seem like something that would impose itself on us. I was very wrong." (Downey finally got sober after court-ordered drug treatment and began his career comeback in 2003.)
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Beauty and the Beach (1991)

She played a blithe spirit-and showed off her spectacular figure-in L.A. Story, a comedy of West Coast mores starring Steve Martin. When Martin tells her character, SanDeE* (no, that’s not a typo), that "your breasts feel weird," she cheerfully replies, "That’s because they’re real."
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With Matthew Broderick (1995)

SJP met her future husband in 1992. Here, she’s refining her red-carpet look at the opening night of the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, in which Broderick starred. (She joined him later in the show’s run, replacing Megan Mullally.)
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Pale Perfection (2000)

A sophisticated Parker and Broderick, by this time married, at the Golden Globe Awards, where she won for Sex and the City. "I’ve never won anything in my life!" she said at the podium.
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Fab Four (2001)

At this point Parker has become a full-fledged fashion risk-taker, donning a belly-baring two-piece for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which she attended with her Sex and the City costars, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis. The actresses were nominated for the first time for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy.
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Madonna Calling (2003)

With her bustier top and blonde hair pulled back, Parker (at the Golden Globe Awards) seems to be channeling the Material Girl circa 1990. All that’s missing is a cone bra.
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It’s Easy Being Green (2004)

At the New York City Ballet’s spring gala, Parker (who’s now on the Ballet’s board) looked ready to pirouette herself in her flouncy Oscar de la Renta dress.
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Dot’s All (2005)

The fashionista went black-and-white for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, wearing a tiered and bustled Yves St. Laurent dress accessorized with a vintage brooch.
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Casual Chic (2008)

Here’s how you do the Sundance Film Festival: low-key indie black, but polished. Parker attended the premiere for Diminished Capacity, which starred Broderick.
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Pretty in Pink (2008)

The actress mixed a Marni top, Jil Sander jacket, Alexander McQueen shoes and leopard-print Dolce & Gabbana clutch at a screening of her film Smart People in New York.
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Carpet Bombing (2008)

For the New York premiere of the first Sex and the City film, Parker (with Jennifer Hudson) wore a fairy-tale gown by Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci. "This entire dress weighed about a quarter of an ounce," she marveled. Unfortunately, it was later discovered that Parker wasn’t the first woman to step out in the design; it had made an appearance several weeks earler on Lauren Santo Domingo at the Met Ball. "In the big picture, this is not important," Parker has said. "But what they did was so short-sighted. It’s just unethical and disappointing." Especially when the dress was going to be showcased at such a high-profile premiere.
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Back in Black (2010)

To promote Sex and the City 2 at ShoWest in Las Vegas, SJP (with Nixon and Davis) wore a frothy, star-studded Marchesa mini. Her hair was loosely knotted in back, giving the dress top billing.
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Arabian Nights-and Days (2010)

Patricia Field’s costumes for Sex and the City 2 were a challenge. "We spent half of this movie in the Middle East, and that dictated a big part of the design, being in a part of the world that has certain religious, ideological, and therefore fashion requirements for women," Parker has said. The wardrobe budget alone for this highly anticipated sequel reportedly hit $10 million. FOR MORE STAR STYLE, VIEW OUR SLIDESHOW OF JENNIFER ANISTON THROUGH THE YEARS HERE.
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