George Clooney’s Style Evolution, From ’80s Newcomer to Hollywood Icon

The Oscar winner's fashion sense has certainly changed since his first red carpet appearances.

When you think of George Clooney, the image of a silver fox wearing a tuxedo on a red carpet may come to mind.

But just like his romantic life, the “Midnight Sky” actor’s sense of style has gone through some changes over the years. Looking back at his early photo-ops, you’ll see leather jackets, long hair and a whole lot of denim.

In honor of his birthday, we’ve rounded up 51 photos that show Clooney’s style evolution, from ’80s newcomer to Hollywood icon.

1986
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George Clooney at an Amnesty International 25th anniversary event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
1988
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Kelly Preston and Clooney at the ABC TV Affiliates Fall Launch at the Century Plaza Hotel.
1989
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Clooney at a celebrity basketball game at Pepperdine University.
1989
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Clooney at an event promoting his film "Red Surf."
1993
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Clooney and Tracey Needham at the Latino Classical Repertory's first annual Benefit Gala at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
1994
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Clooney at the first annual Eddie Van Halen Charity Golf Tournament Party.
1994
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Anthony Edwards and Clooney at the NBC Sponsors Convention at Lincoln Center in New York City.
1994
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Clooney and Kimberly Russell at the Hollywood Women's Press Club's 54th annual Golden Apple Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
1995
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Clooney and Celine Balitran in 1995.
1995
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Clooney at the opening of Planet Hollywood Beverly Hills.
1995
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Clooney at the "Tommy Boy" Los Angeles premiere.
1997
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Clooney and Balitran at the "Batman & Robin" premiere.
1998
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Clooney at the third annual GQ Men of The Year Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1998
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Jennifer Lopez and Clooney at the New York premiere of "Out of Sight."
1999
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Clooney at the "Three Kings" premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Los Angeles.
2000
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Clooney at the premiere of "The Perfect Storm" in Birmingham, England.
2003
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Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones during a photo session at the 60th Venice Film Festival.
2003
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Clooney at a photo call for "Solaris" in Madrid.
2004
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Clooney and Hank Azaria at an event for the short film "Nobody's Perfect" in Los Angeles.
2004
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Clooney and Lisa Snowdon at the Warner Bros. premiere of "Ocean's Twelve" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
2005
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Clooney at a photo call for "Good Night, and Good Luck" at the Venice Film Festival.
2005
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Clooney at the premiere of "Syriana" at the Loews Lincoln Center theatre in New York City.
2006
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Clooney at the 78th annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
2006
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Clooney at the Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
2007
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Clooney at the "Ocean's Thirteen" Los Angeles premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
2007
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Clooney at the "Ocean's Thirteen" handprint and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
2008
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Clooney at the 13th annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
2008
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Clooney at the photo call for "Burn After Reading" during the 65th Venice Film Festival.
2009
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Clooney at the "Up In The Air" photo call during the fourth Rome International Film Festival at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
2009
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Clooney at the opening gala premiere afterparty of "Fantastic Mr. Fox" during The Times BFI London Film Festival held at the Saatchi Gallery.
2010
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Clooney and Elisabetta Canalis at the Giorgio Armani Spring/Summer fashion show during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear.
2011
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Clooney at the "Ides of March" photo call during the 68th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Casinò.
2011
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Clooney at the "Ides of March" photo call during the 55th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon West End in London.
2012
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Clooney at the Orange British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London.
2012
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Clooney at the 2011 AFI Awards Luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
2013
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Clooney at the "Gravity" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square theater in New York City.
2013
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Clooney at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
2014
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Clooney at the U.K. premiere of "The Monuments Men" at Odeon Leicester Square in London.
2014
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Then-newlyweds George and Amal Clooney at Hotel Cipriani in Venice.
2015
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The Clooneys at the "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
2015
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The Clooneys at the Tokyo premiere of "Tomorrowland" at Roppongi Hills.
2015
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The Clooneys at the launch of Casamigos Tequila in Ibiza and Spain at Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel.
2016
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Clooney at the "Money Monster" photo call at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals.
2016
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The Clooneys at the "Money Monster" premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals.
2017
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Clooney at Paramount Pictures' presentation during CinemaCon at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
2017
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Clooney at the "Suburbicon" photo call during the 74th Venice Film Festival.
2018
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The Clooneys at the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
2018
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The Clooneys at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in England.
2019
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The Clooneys at the People's Postcode Lottery Charity Gala at McEwan Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
2019
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Clooney at the London premiere of "Catch-22" at Vue Westfield.
2020
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Clooney on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in December 2020.

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