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She said she’d never let go, but Kate Winslet has certainly changed a few things since Titanic‘s epic media blitz in 1997: namely her hair color and sense of style.
For the Titanic 3D premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday, the actress wowed in a custom Jenny Packham black silk crepe gown with Swarovski crystal cap sleeves and waist detail. (Sadly Leo was nowhere to be found.)
The sleek look is a big change from one of Winslet’s first Titanic looks, the emerald-green Alexander McQueen for Givenchy gown she wore to the 1998 Oscars. Paired with a statement necklace and her wild red curls, it was one of her first major — and most memorable — red carpet moments. (And funnily enough, her dashing costar didn’t make it to that event, either.)
“It was a white-knuckle ride for a year or two and then it all calmed down,” Winslet recently recalled to PEOPLE of those early years. “I do look back on that time and I wish that I had been a little better prepared, that someone had grabbed hold of me and said, ‘Listen, wake up — your life is going to change.’ I had great support — an agent, publicist, friends, all that stuff — but no one knew what was going to happen.”
Winslet’s certainly come a long way on the red carpet, though her gorgeous figure and critically acclaimed acting skills haven’t changed much at all. Tell us: Which of Winslet’s Titanic looks do you like best?
–With reporting by Monique Jessen