40 of the most daring outfits Nicole Kidman has worn over the last 30 years

40 of the most daring outfits Nicole Kidman has worn over the last 30 years

Kidman channeled a flamenco dancer with this ruffled hot pink dress at a May 1995 screening of “To Die For.”

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Kidman at the Cannes Film Festival for a screening of “To Die For” on
May 20, 1995.

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Kidman won a Golden Globe for her performance.

One month later, in June 1995, Kidman shined bright like a disco ball at the “Batman Forever” premiere.

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Kidman at the “Batman Forever” premiere on June 9, 1995.

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She looks the part of the next big movie star.

Her 1997 Oscars dress proved she was willing to take risks — not many can pull off a silk dress this color.

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Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise arrive at the 69th Academy Awards on March 24, 1997.

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Technically, this John Galliano-designed Dior dress is considered chartreuse, and it was considered the “first true couture dress on the red carpet,” according to Smithsonian Magazine.

Kidman paired a black see-through top with this patterned fringed skirt for the premiere of “The Peacemaker” in September 1997.

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Nicole Kidman at the premiere of “The Peacemaker” on September 22, 1997.

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She added a large jeweled choker over the collar of her shirt.

Kidman was the picture of ’90s glam with this almost entirely backless, oxblood matching set at the premiere of “Eyes Wide Shut” in July 1999.

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Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise at the premiere of their new movie “Eyes Wide Shut” on July 13, 1999.

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InStyle rightfully calls this look “perfect” to this day — though it’s a wonder Kidman didn’t experience any type of wardrobe malfunction.

Kidman rocked a similarly backless top at the premiere of “Mission: Impossible 2” in May 2000.

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Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman during the “Mission: Impossible 2” premiere on May 18, 2000.

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This kerchief-esque style of tops is trendy once again in 2021, like the rest of ’90s and early 2000s style.

For the Australian premiere of the film that same month, she wore a floor-length leather dress.

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Nicole Kidman arrives for the premiere of the film “Mission Impossible 2” on May 30, 2000, in Sydney, Australia.

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We have to wonder why she’s yet to play a super spy after seeing her in this outfit.

She wore this almost entirely sheer black dress at the premiere of “The Others” in August 2001.

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Nicole Kidman arrives at the premiere of her movie “The Others.”

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Kidman was nominated for another Golden Globe for her performance in the film.

At the 2001 Hollywood Film Festival Gala Awards later that month, Kidman wore an ornate gold belt on her stomach.

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Nicole Kidman at the Hollywood Film Festival Gala Awards on August 6, 2001.

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She paired it with a black crop top and blazer, and a golden snake choker.

Kidman vamped it up in this black velvet off-the-shoulder gown with a plunging neckline in February 2002.

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Nicole Kidman attends the after-party for the BAFTAs on February 24th, 2002.

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The Yves Saint Laurent dress has a simple silver vine detail on the front.

Kidman’s dress at the 2002 SAG Awards in March resembled a tuxedo vest, without the accompanying shirt or jacket.

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Nicole Kidman during the 8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on March 10, 2002.

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It was designed by Jean Paul Gaultier as part of his Haute Couture line.

The “Moulin Rouge” star boldly mixed patterned tights, a gray suede belt, and a collared dress in October 2002.

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Nicole Kidman attends the 9th Annual Premiere Women in Hollywood Luncheon on October 16, 2002.

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If anything, we know Kidman is bold when it comes to her red carpet style.

Kidman wore a lingerie-inspired slip dress to the 2003 Critics’ Choice Awards in January of that year.

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Nicole Kidman attends the 8th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards on January 17, 2003.

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She carried a blush silk jacket with her.

For the 2003 Met Gala in April, she wore this semi-sheer, sparkly, one-shoulder gown and giant diamond earrings.

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Nicole Kidman arrives for the “Goddess: Costume Institute Benefit Gala” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art April 28, 2003.

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The Gucci by Tom Ford dress fit in well with the theme of “Goddess: The Classical Mode.”

Kidman wore a shimmery black suit at the September 2003 premiere of “The Human Stain.”

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Kidman on September 10, 2003.

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Kidman co-starred in the film with Anthony Hopkins.

The “Cold Mountain” star once again opted for an entirely backless dress, this time a black one, for a November 2003 event.

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Nicole Kidman attends the 2003 Presentation of the 18th Annual American Cinematheque Award on November 14, 2003.

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She added a giant red flower in her hair.

There’s a lot happening with this navy suit and white frilly top Kidman wore to a December 2003 party.

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Actress Nicole Kidman arrives at the after party for “Cold Mountain” December 9, 2003 in New York City.

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What could be more 2003 than her chain belt?

She wore another suit — this time a white-and-gold one with an exaggerated collar and belt — for a “Cold Mountain” premiere that same month.

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Nicole Kidman attends the “Cold Mountain” premiere on December 14, 2003.

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Note the matching over-the-top cuffs, too.

Kidman paired sequins and mesh paneling at the 2004 Golden Globes.

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Nicole Kidman attends the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 25, 2004.

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This Dior dress wouldn’t be out of place at a 1920s-themed party.

The following month at the Academy Awards, she wore an icy blue strapless dress with a feathered hem.

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Nicole Kidman during the 76th Annual Academy Awards on February 29, 2004.

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The satin Chanel gown had matching feathers at the neckline, too.

In January 2005, Kidman wore a peacock-inspired dress to the Golden Globes.

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Nicole Kidman arrives at the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 16, 2005.

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The dress is the classic peacock blue-green and is accented with peacock feathers on the shoulder. It was designed by Gucci.

Kidman’s 2007 Academy Awards dress with the giant bow at the neckline remains one of her most iconic looks.

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Nicole Kidman attends the 79th Annual Academy Awards on February 25, 2007.

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“That one was controversial,” Kidman said of the Balenciaga dress in 2016. “Some press people didn’t like it. But that kind of talk doesn’t bother me. I still liked it, especially the structure,” she told InStyle.

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