If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent a sizable chunk of the last fortnight glued to Netflix. With season four of The Crown, yes, but also with The Queen’s Gambit, which became a surprise smash hit during the UK’s second lockdown. Surprising, because period dramas about female chess players don’t tend to command audiences of several million. It’s a testament to the series’ showrunners, and, more importantly, to its enigmatic star, Anya Taylor-Joy, that the show has become so popular.
Taylor-Joy has been making the rounds on ‘Hollywood Ones to Watch’ lists for the last five years, following her chilling performance in 2015’s horror classic The Witch. A guest appearance in Peaky Blinders and in the Split movies followed—but 2020 is the year that the 24-year-old American has really hit the big time. In February she starred as the titular Emma in August de Wilde’s critically acclaimed remake and now, with her turn in The Queen’s Gambit, she’s set to become a household name.
Aside from her striking mop of blonde hair and a proclivity for a statement lip, Taylor-Joy has become recognisable for her impeccable sense of style. With the aid of Law Roach—the self-proclaimed ‘image architect’ responsible for the visual genius of Zendaya and Celine Dion—she has continued to serve hyper-feminine high fashion looks by the likes of Loewe and Miu Miu. It’s proof, as if you needed more, that Anya Taylor-Joy is a name worth committing to memory.
Here, we round-up her best looks of 2020.