Michelle Pfeiffer’s Style Evolution


1979: Delta House

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In the late ’70s, Pfeiffer starred in the short-lived television series Delta House, a spinoff of the famous 1978 film National Lampoon’s Animal House. In this promo shot, the actress wore a striped pastel top with light pink pants.


1980: B.A.D. Cats

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Pfeiffer donned a tied-up pink striped shirt and cutoff denim shorts in a shoot for the 1980s television show B.A.D. Cats.


1981: Grease 2 New York Premiere

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The Hollywood star looked casual and stylish at the New York premiere of Grease 2. She donned a flowy white skirt, a V-neck black cami, and a draping gray cardigan.

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1985: King of David Premiere

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Pfeiffer kept the neutral-hued ensembles coming when she attended the King of David premiere in a luxe layered look consisting of an open blazer, belted pleated pants, a plunge-neck cami, and a fringe scarf.


1987: 15th Annual AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Salute

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The actress decided on an all-black ‘fit for a late-’80s event. She posed for photos that evening in a belted black knee-length skirt, a matching black top, a buttoned blazer, and a textured hat. Her oversized silver earrings were a perfect accent for the otherwise straightforward look.


1988: Los Angeles Portrait Session

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She sported a printed silk blouse for a Los Angeles portrait session in the late ’80s.

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1988: Married to the Mob Premiere

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Pfeiffer held hands with her then-husband Peter Horton at the Beverly Hills premiere of Married to the Mob. The actress decided on a cowl-neck black ensemble and a curly hairstyle for the occasion.


1989: 61st Annual Academy Awards

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Pfeiffer rocked a sleek and sophisticated look at the 1989 Academy Awards, where she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress thanks to her performance in Dangerous Liaisons. The dark red lip, the black suit, the straight, tousled hair—what’s not to love?


1989: On the Set of The Russia House

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On the set of The Russia House, Pfeiffer wore a navy ensemble accessorized with a simple gold chain necklace and matching earrings. She looked stunning in an uncharacteristic half-up, half-down bouffant hairstyle that tied the look together perfectly.

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1990: 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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Pfeiffer accepted the prize for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama at the 1990 Golden Globe Awards, where she dressed in a simple yet stunning floor-length black gown with a wide neckline.


1990: 62nd Annual Academy Awards

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She donned another knockout gown at the 1990 Academy Awards. Her look consisted of a long-sleeve black dress, a layered pearl necklace, and a ruched metal-accented clutch.


1991: 48th Annual Academy Awards

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The actress proved she could master sparkles, too, when she attended the Oscars in a sequined knee-length wrap dress styled with matching gloves and sheer tights.

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1992: Frankie and Johnny Los Angeles Premiere

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Pfeiffer tossed on one of her tried-and-true classics—a tailored black pantsuit with a crisp white blouse—for the Los Angeles premiere of Frankie and Johnny. She styled the outfit with a statement-making curly updo and eye-catching red lip.


1992: Batman Returns Hollywood Premiere

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For the premiere of Batman Returns, she decided on a terracotta-hue spaghetti strap dress accessorized with big beaded earrings. The bright look—which she donned with a sleek, shoulder-length bob—deviated from her usual black-and-white ensembles.


1993: The Age of Innocence New York City Premiere

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Pfeiffer paired a velvet beret-style hat with a frilly sweater and a pleated taffeta skirt for the premiere of Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence. She kept her makeup and hair simple that night, wearing a pearly pink lip and a subtle swipe of black eyeliner.

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1994: 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards

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In another standout style moment at the Globes, the actress wore a cream-colored pantsuit along with a sheer embroidered scarf. Her loose tresses and ivory flats gave the ensemble a luxurious, yet laid-back feel.


1994: 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

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Pfeiffer once again gave sequins a whirl at the 1994 Primetime Emmy Awards. She waved at onlookers in a glittery V-neck mini dress with strappy metallic purple sandals.


1995: 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

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Pfeiffer exuded old Hollywood glamour when she arrived at the Golden Globes in a strapless black gown with elbow-length velvet gloves and a pearl choker. One word: gorgeous.

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1995: First Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

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She’s pictured here wearing that same pearl choker with a cool white blazer top, a matching chiffon skirt, and satin pumps at the first-ever SAG Awards. The lavish look is reminiscent of the unforgettable ivory suit she wore in Scarface.


1997: AFI Salute to Martin Scorsese

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The actress looked like she waltzed right off of the movie screen at the AFI Salute to Martin Scorsese in 1997. Pfeiffer donned a textured silk dress, an oversized shawl, statement earrings, and a diamond-encrusted necklace.


Brittany is a freelance writer based in her hometown of New York City. She writes about everything from fashion and beauty to food and wellness. When she’s not writing, she can often be found at her local library, playing with her cats, or exploring the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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