These days, when you hit it big as a leading lady, you’re also expected to be a style superhero, able to make speedy outfit changes even without the help of a nearby phone booth. Luckily Gal Gadot, 30, has actual superhero experience: She’s playing Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! To get red-carpet-ready, the former beauty queen tapped Micaela Erlanger — who styles Lupita Nyong’o, Michelle Dockery and Hilary Swank — to outfit her for the film’s world tour.
“I really wanted to capture the essence of who Gal is,” Erlanger tells PEOPLE. “And I think we were able to do that with the diversity of looks that she wore. It was important to us both that it be authentic, with an added dose of serious fashion.” One thing we noticed? No capes (Phew?). Here are five of her standout looks — in no particular order!
1) The red Prada gown at the European premiere in London
Channeling Wonder Woman was an easy feat since Gadot happens to look stellar in scarlet — which may be why it’s her favorite color! “There was a subtle nod to her character with the color choice and embellished shoulder,” explains Erlanger. “The decision to wear the gown was so easy: It was stunning and bold. I think the combination of velvet and the silhouette made it all the more glamorous and perfect for a premiere.”
2) The floral Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown at the Mexico City world premiere
The world premiere of the film deserved a major moment. “We wanted to kick off the tour with a bang and I think we nailed it,” says Erlanger. There are certainly a lot of textures going on with this gown: 3-D floral appliqués cover the neckline and embroidered flowers sit atop black a macramé asymmetrical skirt. A sleek updo and (relatively) understated Harry Kotlar Marquis Cluster and Baguette Earrings let the dress stand out. “This was the biggest gown of all the premieres,” says Erlanger. “It felt so appropriate for Mexico with the ruffle, the high-low hem, the floral embroidery.”
3) The embroidered Dolce&Gabbana dress at Jimmy Kimmel Live
On another star, a daisy pattern and bright yellow pumps might’ve felt ultra-girlie. But on Gal, it managed to look polished and simple. “I always believe it’s a balance and I think in this case we kept it effortless and easy with hair and makeup,” says Erlanger.
4) The Balmain mini at the New York City premiere
“Fringe is totally having a moment,” says Erlanger. “This look was so fierce and so fun! It was certainly a fashion-forward choice to wear a short fringe-y dress with cutouts to a premiere, but it was ultra-glamorous and she carried the look so well. She really owned it.” And though it’s pastel and covered in lace and pearls, the structured, curve-enhancing silhouette gives off a powerful vibe.
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5) The Dolce&Gabbana midi at a press conference in Mexico City
“This was definitely a favorite of mine,” Erlanger says. “I’m a believer in dressing for the occasion and this felt perfect for Mexico. The shape of this silhouette and bustier bodice is a little sexy, and the motif made it feel really unusual and cool. Gal looked killer in this look and everything about it was a home run.”
Tell us: Which of Gadot’s red carpet looks is your favorite?