10/04/2011 06:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Kate Winslet's Style Evolution (PHOTOS)

Kate Winslet's recent red carpet choices have been sartorially spectacular.

But back in the day, the British beauty didn't always select figure-flattering numbers. Revealing lace, over-embellishments and tacky cutouts occupied the "Contagion" star's wardrobe. Now, Winslet has discovered a style which flaunts her enviable curves - including that "miracle dress".

In honor of the Oscar and Emmy Award-winning actress's 36th birthday on Wednesday, we've catalogued the face of St. John's fashion metamorphosis.

Meanwhile, you will never guess what Winslet keeps in her purse for last-minute red carpet touch-ups.