From her undeniable talent to her incredible sense of style, there’s much to appreciate about Cate Blanchett. The Australian actress celebrates her birthday today, so we’re paying homage to the latter, especially as Blanchett’s become known for her risk-taking, directional looks over the years. She cemented her fashion icon status at the 1999 Academy Awards in a custom-made backless gown--and she’s continued to stun us ever since. From a figure-defining, shimmery red number to a metallic silver pantsuit, Blanchett’s style is anything but conventional. Click through our slideshow to celebrate some of the actress’ best looks!
Attending the Elizabeth premiere in Hollywood.
At the 71st Annual Academy Awards in a custom-made John Galliano gown.
Walking the red carpet at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards in a Jean-Paul Gaultier dress and Cynthia Bach jewels.
Attending a dinner for Hedi Slimane's men's collection for Christian Dior at Caviar Kaspia in Paris, wearing a John Galliano for Christian Dior suit.
Photographed at the annual Jameson Empire Awards in London.
Walking the red carpet at The Aviator premiere in London wearing a polka-dot dress from Yves Saint Laurent's S/S 05 collection.
Arriving at the London Volver premiere in a Chanel dress from the F/W 06 Couture collection.
Wearing Armani Prive's striped blazer and trousers while receiving a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Showing up in an Alexander McQueen lace dress at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Making a statement in Alexander McQueen at the Los Angeles premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Attending the Giorgio Armani F/W 09 Couture show in Paris wearing the label's dress from the S/S 09 collection.
Seen here at the 64th Annual Tony Awards in New York in an Armani Prive silver suit and Van Cleef & Arpels jewels.
Standing out at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in an embellished Givenchy dress.
At a Gotham Magazine party feting her cover, wearing a Givenchy dress and Roger Vivier pumps.
Arrivint at the 2nd Annual AACTA Awards in Sydney in an Armani Prive gown from the S/S 09 collection and vintage jewelry.