Dakota Johnson's Changing Looks: From Little Girl to Leading Lady (PHOTOS)

dakota johnson chanel party UES 2015Dakota Johnson may have officially hit the big time this year thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey, but the 25-year-old actress has been in the spotlight her entire life as the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson -- and granddaughter of Hitchock ingenue Tippi Hendren!

And over the years, stargazers have seen her grow from a sweet teen on her mama's arm to a leading lady who commands the red carpet. Along the way, we've been treated to watching her style constantly evolve.

Here, a retrospective of the actress' constantly changing look.

Which "era" of Dakota's is your fave?


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  • 2004: Big Sis

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    Dakota poses with her family at the Shrek 2 premiere in 2004, wearing flare jeans and a Beatles tee! So cute -- and so unrecognizable!

  • 2004: Just a Girl

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    Awww! At just 14, Dakota accompanied mom Melanie to the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party at the Chateau Marmont in L.A. With a slick back pony, funky accessories, and a LBD, she was one chic teen!

  • 2006: Blondes Have More Fun

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    When she was just sweet 16, Dakota debuted this more grown-up, golden blonde 'do at a Golden Globes party with her equally pretty mama in tow -- of course!

  • 2006: Hippie Chic

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    Later in '06, Dakota stepped out with her mom and lil' sis Stella in this laidback animal print top and jeans.

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  • 2008: Short Story

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    In 2008, Dakota hit the red carpet with Melanie for the 30th anniversary Carousel of Hope Ball to benefit the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes rocking a short, choppy, dark blonde bob.

  • 2010: Boho All the Way

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    The year then 21-year-old Dakota starred in The Social Network, she opted for a laidback boho style, no bangs, and lods of basic black.

  • 2012: All Grown Up & Glam

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    At the premiere of The Five Year Engagement, 23-year-old Dakota looked like the spitting image of her mama with long blonde tresses, bangs, and this posh, pulled-together ensemble.

  • 2013: Lady in Red

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    Talk about red hot! When Dakota was announced as our on-screen Anastasia Steele, media jumped on shots of her taken at at The Art of Elysium's Heaven Gala at 2nd Street Tunnel in early 2013. The gown told us everything we needed to know about how ready she was to get into the Red Room!

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  • Filming 'Cybeline,' 2013: Like a Boy

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    Dakota rocked this super-short brunette wig while filming Cybelline in Brooklyn in September 2013.

  • Filming 'Fifty Shades': Pretty in Pigtails

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    Channeling Ana on the set of Fifty Shades in early 2014, Dakota donned sweats with her hair long, mousy brown, and in pigtails, of course.

  • Met Gala 2014: Brunette Beauty

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    Dakota -- who was then still wearing her hair like Ana -- owed designer Jason Wu for helping her pull together this sophisticated Cinderella-esque look for the Met Ball last year.

  • 'Fifty Shades' Premiere: A Star is Born

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    Dakota brought her A game to the Fifty Shades premiere in this  goddess-cut white gown that fired on ALL cylinders.

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  • Spring 2015: Beyond Sophisticated

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    At a party on the Upper East Side in March, Dakota gave us a serious preview of what a more sophisticated, grown-up Anastasia Steele will look like in Darker and Freed.

  • Spring 2015: Hipster in the City

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    Uh, Dakota? 1995 called, and it wants that flannel back.

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  • Filming 'How to Be Single': Is That You, EL James?

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    Seen just a few days ago hanging out on the set of her new flick How to Be Single, Dakota flaunted a bold new chopped, dark brown 'do and salmon-hued wrap dress. (If you just glimpsed quickly, she kiiinda looks like her "boss" EL James, eh? Or Selma Blair.)

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