Rising Style Star: Mia Wasikowska

2011 LOOKS:

Mia Wasikowska at the "Jane Eyre" premiere in New York on March 9, at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 26.
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Twenty-one-year-old Australian actress Mia Wasikowska is a critical darling much beloved by everyone from EW to Variety and touted as a "rising star" and "person to watch." We're totally onboard seeing as she mad cute. The bananas thing about Mia, who some of you may remember from Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland and Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, is that last year she was the SECOND-highest-grossing actor as ranked by Forbes. Uuuuuuh, that means she tied with Johnny Depp and was bested only by Leo DiCaprio. In. Sane. (Sidebar: We are sososososososo excited about Jane Eyre which opens right now. Peep the trailer here.) And as much as we doff our hats to her financial accomplishments, let's take a wee look at her awesome sense of style. *Sigh* she's so good.

OK, so first of all, we've got her 2011 looks thus far. Award season gave us some gorge frocks, and Mia kills with her daring choices. She always skews high romance with lace, overlays, sashes and structure, but the thing that pulls everything together is her unfailingly correct sense of proportion. No matter how much drama the dress brings, Mia owns the ensemble with sleek hair, minimal accessories, and spot-on shoes. Aplomb all over.


Mia Wasikowska at the Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills on Oct. 25, 2010, at the Miu Miu Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011 show in Paris on Oct. 6, 2010, in Paris, at "The Kids Are All Right" premiere in Los Angeles on June 17, 2010,
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It's not every day that you have a starlet who not only dresses appropriately for her age but can be so confident as to avoid chicken-cutlet cleavage and trashtastically weird amounts of leg. She obviously has the body to flaunt all the assets, but Mia's love of pleasing lines and strategic points of interest gives her an ladylike appeal that never feels costumey.


Mia Wasikowska at the "Kids Are All Right" premiere in New York on June 30, 201, at the "Alice In Wonderland" premiere in London on Feb. 25, 2010, at the 2010 Australia Week Gala in Hollywood on Jan. 16, 2010.
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Mia does definitely love her lace, and there's nothing like cleverly placed bits of tulle and mesh for anchoring the more ornate portions without stealing their thunder. Also, again with the lines. Mia's dresses are truly pieces of art and compelling for how they draw and guide the eye.


Mia Wasikowska at the 2010 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on March 5, 2010, at the "Alice In Wonderland" premiere after party in London on Feb. 25, 2010.
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More architecture. More risks. More hints at possible space alien-ness. The one truly great thing about Mia's choices is that they clearly have a vision. The overarching theme is never about looking "nice" or "pretty" or "thin," and the result is entirely open for debate. Mia cites Tilda Swinton as an inspiration, and there are definitely parallels to their unorthodox senses of style.


Mia Wasikowska at Australians In Film 2008 "Breakthrough Awards" in Los Angeles on June 5, 2008, at the Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala in Beverly Hills on Oct. 27, 2008, at the 2006 L'Oreal Paris AFI Awards Nominations in Sydney, Australia, on Oct. 19.
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Suuuuuuper fascinating to see from whence she came. What do you think about the longer hair? LOL at headband and ballet flats on the far right... even if she was, like, 2 1/2 years old in that shot.

+ So, do you love her so hard or what? Tell us in the comments!