Marion Cotillard’s chic style evolution in 25 photos

The Allied actress, who turns 41 today, is the epitome of fashion elegance with French flare. Scroll through our favorite Marion outfits from her 20s, 30s and today.

French actress Marion Cotillard. Tony Barson Archive | WireImage, Stephane Cardinale | Corbis via Getty Images,  Pascal Le Segretain | amfAR14 | WireImage, Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho | FilmMagic

Since Marion Cotillard first stepped onto the Hollywood scene in her twenties (in cute French vintage pumps no less), she’s been a style star. Though black, white and silver gowns seem to be her calling card, Marion’s real secret to styling success is in the cuts and character she chooses: fitted and romantic but rarely immodest. The result is at once classic and classy, with feminine ensembles that nip in to show off her slender waist, but also wow us with their elegant simplicity.

Inspired to follow suit? Learn from her fashion choices as you join us on a gorgeous style journey, from the 2000’s to today.

Marion’s 20s

Suit up! Marion Cotillard poses in Paris, France back in 2001 when she was only 25. Garfield | Abaca
Making an appearance at the 12th French Film Festival in Yokohama, Japan in 2004, Cotillard arrives in a romantic black dress with elegant sheer sleeves. Kurita Kaku | Gamma-Rapho | Getty Images
A blonde, but understated Marion Cotillard stands with Cecile Cassel in Marrakech. The year is 2004. Stephane Cardinale | Corbis | Getty Images
Sporting a Meg Ryan style hairdo, Marion Cotillard walks the red carpet of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for her movie De Lovely. The strapless silhouette fits her like a glove. Tony Barson Archive | WireImage
There’s that youthful French flare: A 28-year-old Marion Cotillard offsets her tuxedo-vibe with a silk blouse and black neck bow at the Gaumont Marignan Theater in Paris, France. Tony Barson Archive | WireImage

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Marion’s early 30s

In vintage looking mary janes and a sweet pale pink dress, Marion Cotillard walked into the 2005 American Film Festival of Deauville in France. Tony Barson Archive | WireImage
A gorgeous grey goddess, Marion Cotillard stuns in Marrakech, Morocco in 2006. Pierre Hounsfield | Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
All the white stuff. Cotillard smiles demurely in a simple strapless dress during the Paris Premiere of La Mome in 2007. Tony Barson | WireImage
Back to black: A 2007 Cotillard trades the LBD of her 20s for a chic high-neck gown that skims her hips and falls to the floor at the LA Film Critic’s Choice Awards. Frederick Brown | Getty Images
A silver fox if we’ve ever seen one, Marion Cotillard’s silken gown glides across the red carpet at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27, 2008. Jeffrey Mayer | Wireimage
Opting for strapless yet again, Cotillard’s short dress with a royal purple sheen is anything but oridinary for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2009. Gregg DeGuire | FilmMagic
Audrey who? Marion Cotillard attends a 2009 Christian Dior Haute Couture show in a terrif black trench ensemble. A tiny bag and peep-toes keep it playful. Stephane Cardinale | Corbis via Getty Images
Sparkling on and off the silver screen. In 2010 Cotillard attends the Costume Institute Gala Benefit in New York City. The now-popular illusion neckline was well before its time. Dimitrios Kambouris | FilmMagic
Marion Cotillard crosses the stage of the 35th Cesar awards ceremony in silky splender. The vintage cut and embellished bodice a perfect complement to the venue: the Chatelet theater in Paris. Stephane Cardinale | Corbis via Getty Images

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Marion’s late 30s

Marion Cotillard looking tres mignon as she poses at the ‘De Rouille et D’os’ photocall during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival (2012). The gold belt and sweet yellow shoes add unexpected fun to those quiet feminine ruffles. Mike Marsland | WireImage
Breaking from her usual rounded toe, Cotillard points the way in striking silver shoes as she attends the premiere of The Immigrant in 2013 at Cannes. Her long-sleeved white gown is nothing short of an instant classic. Tony Barson | FilmMagic
The train on Cotillard’s delicately detailed white gown is breathtaking as she pauses for a portrait at amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala in 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. Pascal Le Segretain | amfAR14 | WireImage
Perfect pleats: Cotillard attends yet another Cannes premiere in another strapless stunner in 2014. George Pimentel | WireImage)
A bold but simple black dress with velvet blue booties is a killer Cotillard combination for Paris Fashion Week in 2014. Pascal Le Segretain | Getty Images)
In 2015, Cotillard arrives at the BAFTA Tea Party in Beverly Hills wearing a classic cut with a modern splash of color where you least expect it. Note how the actress is always careful to define her waistline, even with just a small white sash. Jon Kopaloff | FilmMagic

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Marion’s 40’s

Blooming in a tulip-skirted white gown at age 40, Marion Cotillard arrives at the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in 2015. Steve Granitz | WireImage
Beautiful in a black backless gown, Cotillard balances a little skin with long-sleeves, a floor-length skirt and a high neck at the Moet British Independent Film Awards in London last year. Julian Parker | UK Press via Getty Images
Proof that you can have fun with fashion even at 40, Marion Cotillard attends a Chopard party at Cannes donning an exaggerated purple top and surprisingly cool maroon pants. Our favorite part? The swept up hair and statement earrings. Pascal Le Segretain | Getty Images for Chopard
Clutching a cute powder blue bag, Marion Cotillard attends this summer’s Christian Dior Haute Couture show in Paris, France. Her combination of oversized sleeves and a tight fitting skirt is shapely and high-fashion, but still ladylike. Pascal Le Segretain | Getty Images for Dior
Fashion’s goldern girl. Marion Cotillard never disappoints. Her most recent Cannes appearance before turning 41 shows those very-Marion style points: a hip-skimming high-necked gown that is glamourous and fun, but not overly sexy or loud. And that french flare? The flower on her shoulder says it all. Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho | FilmMagic

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Natalie van der Meer
Natalie van der Meer
Senior Editor Natalie van der Meer is a former editor for Redbook, Woman's Day, Reader's Digest and Allure, covering fashion, beauty, travel, family, book reviews, and much more. She lives in New York City.

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