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SARAH JESSICA PARKER
Before she became a fashion icon in Sex and the City, the actress was a slop in shapeless white and a flying saucer hat in 1992. Luckily, she's all cleaned up now in flawless Giambattista Valli.
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The Aussie actress emerged as a sweet young thing in braids and floral dresses in 1993. She's long since established her reputation as one of the red carpet's sleekest creatures, here in L'Wren Scott at the Rome Film Festival.
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MARY J. BLIGE
She's always had the pipes, but she didn't have the looks. She hit the German MTV Awards in 2001 in a costume-y ensemble of zebra print coat, fishnets and fur stole, but was a modern goddess in glimmering Michael Kors at this year's Grammy Awards.
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Before she was a stylish Oscar winner, the actress was a mess in layers of black lace at a 1996 premiere in L.A. Now, she's one of Hollywood's golden girls in curve-hugging Hervé Légér.
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Gone are the sheer shirts and feather boas of 1995. Instead, the new mom is
the picture of elegance, here in buttery Escada at this year's Academy
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From drab to fab! It's a long way from her dotted – and flowered!
– suit in 1989 to her knockout bronze Gucci dress at this year's People's