Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's Life in the Spotlight, from Full House to Now
A complete guide to the famous sisters' lives as actresses turned designers as they celebrate turning 35
Before they became fashion icons, the twin sisters made their acting debut as babies on Full House back in 1989.
They began experimenting with ruffles and bold prints at a very young age — and were #twinning before #twinning was a thing.
They continued their Double Trouble style streak through the years ...
... and eventually began to discover their own personal color palettes.
Coordinating blazers and curled-under bobs were the look at the launch of their popular book series, The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley.
Raise your hand if you had this haircut in middle school.
And accessorized it with clips and bandanas à la Mary-Kate and Ashley in Passport to Paris.
Remember their Gameboy Pocket Magic Mystery Mall game? Here they are at the launch.
By the time they filmed When in Rome and Getting There, the sisters had a new look: They grew their dark blonde hair past their shoulders, but still continued to sport matching outfits.
2004 was a big year for MK and Ashley, who received their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — making them the youngest celebrities to receive the honor.
After dozens of direct-to-video movies, they made their big-screen movie debut with New York Minute in 2004.
They also turned 18, honed in on their own personal styles, changed their hair colors, began scouting out the coolest shoes they could find, and hosted their first episode of MTV's TRL.
As they got older, fashion became one of their main interests. Here, they made their debut at one of fashion's biggest events of the year, the Met Gala.
By 2006, they were fashion and beauty icons, as well as major celebrities. Ashley presented an award alongside Snoop Dogg at the Teen Choice Awards.
At the launch party for their double Teen Vogue cover, which was pasted on bedroom walls across America, the sisters proved they were going in very different sartorial directions.
After debuting their clothing line, The Row, in 2006, the designers presented an award at the 2007 CFDA Awards. They would soon go on to launch their second, more accessible fashion line, Elizabeth and James, later that year.
It became obvious that there would never be a Met Gala red carpet that didn't have them on it.
And they became such major fixtures at New York Fashion Week that they bartended for fans at Bergdorf Goodman during Fashion's Night Out.
Ashley and Justin Bartha began dating in 2008. They shot down engagement rumors while dating, and eventually broke up in 2011.
At the CFDA Awards, The Row was nominated for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear, and both sisters brought out their vintage best (MK's Chanel jacket! Ashley's Manolo Blahnik heels!). They paired the looks with coordinating handbags from The Row.
The duo won their first CFDA award for Womenswear Designers of the Year for The Row, and would go on to win the award again in 2015, along with Accessory Designers of the Year in 2014, 2018 and 2019.
After dating for two years, Mary-Kate and Olivier Sarkozy got engaged in 2014.
The couple then tied the knot during a private ceremony in 2015.
All-black everything became their signature style, which they showed off at the 2015 Met Gala.
The duo opened their first brick-and-mortar Elizabeth and James store in Los Angeles.
Mary-Kate, an avid equestrian, competed in the Hampton Classic Horseshow, during which her then-husband Olivier Sarkozy and sister Ashley cheered her on.
A funny-faced-photo of the sisters is seldom seen, but Derek Blasberg managed to capture this shot of Ashley, Mary-Kate and younger sis Elizabeth — now a star in her own right — at the CFDA Awards.
In one of the most shocking outfits in Olsen history, Ashley ditched her allover black ensembles and stepped out in a pair of hot pink pants.
In 2017, Mary-Kate and Sarkozy made a rare public appearance at an N.Y.C. event ...
...and they even showed a bit of PDA during yet a nother night out.
MK and Ashley attended the Met Gala dressed according to the evening's theme, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination." Mary-Kate wore a plunging black belted gown with a beaded necklace, while Ashley sported a red, orange and black kaftan with a beaded necklace and headband.
To no one's surprise, their next public appearance, at the Noguchi Museum Spring Benefit, involved matching all-black outfits and their natural, wavy hair texture. Mary-Kate wore a black belted long-sleeve dress with booties, while Ashley sported a black blouse with trousers and her signature slingback heels.
It's rare for the sisters to make red-carpet appearances together, let alone solo. So it was a surprise when Ashley showed up to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party without MK by her side. Still, she kept their signature aesthetic going strong in a long-sleeve black belted gown paired with long waves.
At the most recent Met Gala, the sisters mostly skipped out on the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme, staying true to their style in black coordinating vintage Chanel Couture leather looks featuring gold hardware.
2019 marked the second year in a row The Row won the coveted CFDA award for Accessory Designer of the Year (that's five total wins over the years, if you're keeping score). The designers walked the red carpet wearing coordinating all-black ensembles from their label.
They may be famously averse to social media, but they made an exception for a famous fan: Ashley Benson.
"Happy birthday Ashley," Mary-Kate and Ashley say in unison in the selfie video, posted to Benson's Instagram. "I hope this year is one of the best one yet. Sending you lots of love," Ashley continues.
Mary-Kate adds, "Super magical and can't wait to meet you soon." After, Ashley blows a kiss to the camera.
Elizabeth and James, 2.0! Mary-Kate and Ashley celebrated the launch of their line moving to Kohl's with a rare panel, speaking about the new partnership. The sisters swapped their usual looks for brighter styles from the collection for the occasion.
In May, it was reported that Mary-Kate requested an emergency order to file for divorce from Sarkozy, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. However, her request for an emergency order was denied by a New York State Supreme Court judge, and she officially filed the day the courts reopened on May 25, after closing amid the coronavirus pandemic. The couple had been married four-and-a-half years.