When Kate Winslet stepped up to the stage to collect her latest Bafta on Sunday, she was resplendent in a sculpted Antonio Berardi fishtail gown.

The asymmetric neckline proved the perfect foil for her artfully tousled blonde hair.

Carrying a rose-embellished Jimmy Choo clutch that matched her scarlet lips, and adorned in diamonds, this was a woman who has found her fashion feet.

While many women of 40 begin to feel a little past their prime and flounder when it comes to fashion - especially on special occasions - Winslet looks far better than she did 20 years ago.


It's a far cry from when she first stepped into the public eye, aged just 19, and Oscar-nominated for her role in Sense And Sensibility.

Happiest without make-up in Dr Martens boots and androgynous jackets and jeans, she found the transition from English thespian to Hollywood starlet tricky.

In the early days, her red-carpet appearances were riddled with fashion faux pas: over-the-top gowns and clumsy accessories.

So how has the mum-of-three blossomed into an A-list beauty with a signature style that is the perfect blend of old-school glamour and contemporary cool?

With a little help from a loyal dream team: stylist Cheryl Konteh, hairdresser Nicola Clarke and make-up artist Lisa Eldridge.

Here, we chart Kate's evolution from gauche starlet to grown-up glamourpuss . . .

Pretty in pink Vivienne Westwood at the Oscars, Kate, aged 19, missed out on a gong for Sense And Sensibility - but looks delighted nonetheless.

In Stella McCartney again - this time an 'illusion' dress with clever shading that nips in her waist and boosts her bust at the premiere of TV series Mildred Pierce

Shiny python print flares and a too-tight leather jacket at the premiere of Holy Smoke are doing Kate's curvy figure no favours.

Four months after the birth of her first child, she's hiding behind a shapeless tuxedo.

Wow! Kate is transformed in a red Ben de Lisi gown at the Oscars, with subtle make-up, sleek hair - and a new man, director Sam Mendes.

At 29, she is hitting her style stride in a chic gown, with perfect hair and the help of A-list make-up artist Lisa Eldridge.

This blue satin gown flatters Kate's pale skin, but the thin material reveals every lump and bump - not to mention her knicker line.

The epitome of grown-up glamour in Jenny Packham, complemented by screen siren hair, red lipstick and diamonds.

Seven months' pregnant with third husband Ned RocknRoll's baby, Kate looks every inch the star in Jenny Packham again.

Sticking to what suits her in this curve-hugging Safiyaa dress, which flatters her post-baby body and her complexion.

An embroidered Badgley Mischka gown shows off her toned torso, while the up-do highlights sparkly earrings.

Goofing around in big pants and a sheer lace jumpsuit, she's not even had a blow-dry for the premiere of Jude The Obscure.

Show-stopping diamonds? Check. Sultry red lips? Check. Tousled blonde hair? Check. Figure-hugging black dress? Check. Kate has perfected her style formula in Antonio Berardi at the Baftas on Sunday.

A much heavier Kate attends the Golden Globes with her Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio in this unsupportive and too busy dress.

Blissfully happy with new husband Jim Threapleton at the premiere of Hideous Kinky - but this bird's nest hair-do is a disaster.

A girlish Valentino prom dress does little to flatter Kate's figure at the premiere of The Holiday.

Oh, dear! Kate, 32, looks as if she's been wrapped in Bafta Bacofoil in this awful silver monstrosity.

Lean, bronzed and poured into a Herve Leger bandage dress and Roger Vivier sandals for The Reader premiere.

The picture of elegance in a classic one-shouldered gown by Yves Saint Laurent at the Oscars

Sporting a daring Stella McCartney split-to-the-thigh dress, with wavy hair, diamond earrings and subtle make-up.

- Daily Mail