35 Unforgettable Barbara Walters Style Moments
It's the end of an era. After five decades ruling the airwaves, Barbara Walters, America's favorite broadcast journalist, is finally bidding adieu to daily television. Over the course of her lengthy career, the fearless TV anchor has sat down with everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Fidel Castro. She has gone from the Today show toABC Evening News, 20/20, and, of course, her current role as part-time host of The View (which she co-created and co-executive produces). She broke down barriers of sexism by becoming one of the first women to interview major political figures and heads of state and to serve as a co-anchor of a nightly news program. "She's a trailblazer who we all stand on the shoulders of," the Today show's Savannah Guthrie told InStyle.com at a farewell celebration for Walters at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City last night.
And as much a part of Walters's television legacy is her impeccable fashion sense, which runs the gamut from crisp-collared shirts and structured skirt suits to bold red carpet gowns. "I've always liked very simple clothes," Walters said of her day-to-day wardrobe. "I have a lot of suits and jackets because I've done so much TV news." Her style staples for on-air? "A black suit and a lot of white blouses. I like clothes that are not so strong that they carry me—I'd rather carry them." We think she does so flawlessly.
In honor of the incomparable news anchor, take a look back at Barbara Walter's storied career with her 30 most memorable looks ever—from 1966 until now—in our gallery!
July 13, 2016
Barbara Walters nails monochromatic dressing at the premiere of Cafe Society in N.Y.C.
April 14, 2016
Barbara Walters attends the premiere of The Father on Broadway in easy dressy separates.
APRIL 6, 2016
Walters looked radiant in an all-black outfit with pearl embellisments at The Hollywood Reporter's 5th Annual 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media event in April.
APRIL 21, 2015
Wearing a classic black dress at the 2015 Time 100 Gala in N.Y.C., Walters posed like the icon she is on the red carpet.
DECEMBER 2, 2014
The legendary reporter stood out in a feminine emerald gown at the American Friends of Magen David Adom Annual Benefit Dinner in N.Y.C.
September 20, 2012
Walters looked glamorous at the 2012 New York City Ballet Fall Gala at Lincoln Center in this bow-adorned gown.
May 2, 2011
Walters chose this bold green ensemble for the 2011 Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
February 16, 2011
Walters attended the The Paley Center for Media's 2011 New York Gala Evening in New York City wearing a magenta skirt and simple black belted top.
June 14, 2007
The television icon received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in classic Barbara style, a red skirt suit and kitten-heel pumps.
February 8, 2007
The journalist looked stunning when she came out for the Museum Of Television & Radio's Annual Gala in New York City in this sparkling velvet gown.
September 25, 2006
Walters stunned in this ruby red creation at the opening night of "Madama Butterfly," which started the Lincoln Center Metropolitan Opera 2006-2007 Season in New York City.
April 28, 2006
Walters looked chic in a black off-the-shoulder gown at the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Hollywood.
March 5, 2006
The icon attended the 2006 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in this embellished design.
December 6, 2005
Walters attended the 14th annual Hollywood Reporter Women In Entertainment Power 100 breakfast in Beverly Hills, California wearing this peplum two-piece outfit.
October 26, 2005
Walters opted for a classic black suit with ruffled white shirt for Good Morning America's 30th Anniversary Celebration in New York City.
September 12, 2005
During Oscar de la Renta's spring 2006 fashion show in New York City, Walters sat front row in this stylish ensemble.
May 26, 2005
The journalist stepped out to honor Merv Griffin at the Museum of Television and Radio's Annual Gala in a deep red gown with asymmetrical neckline.
May 14, 2005
Walters attended Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball in Santa Barbara, California in this eye-catching black-and-white print gown with matching accessories.
May 10, 2004
The television icon was the picture of perfection in a long-sleeve Oscar de la Renta gown and hot pink shawl at the New York City Ballet's 2004 Spring Gala.
May 6, 2002
The TV personality donned this full-sleeved gown during the NBC 75th Anniversary celebration at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
November 18, 2000
Walters dressed for the occasion in a long-sleeve satin gown with fur collar for the wedding of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
February 20, 1996
The reporter chose a monochrome red look for the New Yorkers for New York annual gala and awards dinner in New York City.
September 20, 1993
Walters attended the 1993 Emmy Awards in this white column gown, complete with belt and gold embellishments.
November 21, 1989
Walters dazzled in crimson at the Second Annual Gourmet Gala to Benefit the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation in New York City.
August 19, 1989
Walters look ever-so-chic in white at a friend's birthday celebration in Tangier, Morocco.
September 15, 1988
The TV journalist celebrated at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of 20/20 in New York City wearing this full-on floral look.
May 19, 1988
Looking glam in a white gown, Walters attended "The Ten Treasures" Opening Night Exhibition Gala to Benefit the New York Public Library's General Book Fund in New York City.
February 14, 1988
The icon stepped out in this nautical-inspired look at the Saks Fifth Avenue's Adolfo Fashion Show and The Colleagues Valentine's Day Luncheon to Honor Nancy Reagan in Beverly Hills, California.
September 27, 1986
The journalist attended a wedding reception in New York City wearing this pink tweed skirt suit complete with gold accents and white gloves.
September 6, 1986
Walters stepped out for a Barbra Streisand concert in Malibu, California in this hip red and white look.
January 1, 1974
The media personality donned a sequinned evening gown with a scarf wrapped around her neck while celebrating with friends.