Elle Fanning's Style Evolution, From Child Star To Haute Couture

The actor often wows in colorful prints, voluminous gowns and other eye-catching looks.

Elle Fanning first appeared on the red carpet as a toddler alongside her big sister Dakota.

Over her two-decade career in film and television, however, she has grown into a true style star, sporting both subtle and dramatic looks from a range of top designers. Whether she’s making a splash at the Met Gala or commanding the cameras as the youngest jury member in the history of Cannes Film Festival, Fanning often looks straight out of a fairy tale in colorful prints and voluminous gowns.

In honor of her birthday, we’ve rounded up photos of Fanning’s striking style, from budding child star to haute couture fashionista.

2002
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The Fanning sisters (Elle to the left, Dakota to the right) at the 20th anniversary premiere of Steven Spielberg's "E.T." at the The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
2002
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The Fanning sisters at "The Santa Clause 2" premiere at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.
2003
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Fanning at the "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" premiere at Loew's Century City Cinemas in Century City.
2003
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The Fanning sisters at the "Uptown Girls" premiere at Archlight Theatre in Hollywood.
2005
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The Fanning sisters attend "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" on Broadway at The Hilton Theater in New York.
2007
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Fanning at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of "The Nines" at Eccles Theatre in Park City, Utah.
2007
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The Fannings at Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood.
2008
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The Fannings at The Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services' 2008 Mentor Awards Dinner and Fashion Show at the Globe Theater in Universal City, California.
2009
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Fanning at THINKFilm's screening of "Phoebe in Wonderland" at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.
2009
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Fanning at the premiere of Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" in Westwood.
2010
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Fanning at the "Somewhere" photo call during the 67th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Casino in Venice, Italy.
2010
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Fanning at the "Somewhere" premiere during the 67th Venice Film Festival at the Sala Grande Palazzo Del Cinema in Venice.
2010
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Fanning at the 17th Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Celebration at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
2010
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Fanning at Focus Features' "Somewhere" premiere at ArcLight Hollywood.
2011
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Fanning at the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
2011
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Fanning at the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
2011
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Fanning at the Women In Film's 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
2011
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The Fanning sisters at the Rodarte Spring 2012 fashion show at Pace Gallery during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
2012
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Fanning at the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
2012
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Fanning at the premiere of "Ginger & Rosa" during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End in London.
2012
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Fanning at the 2012 AFI Fest premiere of "Ginger & Rosa" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
2013
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Fanning at a promotional event for the 2013 J.ESTINA SS presentation at Shilla Hotel in Seoul, South Korea.
2013
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Fanning at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
2013
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Fanning at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award ceremony at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California.
2013
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Fanning at the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
2013
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The Fanning sisters attend the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014 at Le Carre du Louvre.
2014
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Fanning at a Marie Claire event in West Hollywood.
2014
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Fanning at the "Boxtrolls" panel during Comic-Con International in San Diego.
2014
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Fanning at the "Boxtrolls" Los Angeles premiere at Universal Studios Hollywood.
2014
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Fanning at the "Young Ones" New York premiere at Sunshine Cinema.
2014
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Fanning at the premiere of Oscilloscope Laboratories' "Lowdown" at ArcLight Hollywood.
2015
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Fanning at the Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Los Angeles.
2015
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Fanning at the "About Ray" premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.
2015
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Fanning attends the premiere of "Trumbo" at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
2016
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Fanning at the "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
2016
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Fanning at amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France.
2016
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Fanning at "The Neon Demon" photo call during the Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.
2016
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Fanning at the UK Premiere of "The Neon Demon" at Picturehouse Central in London.
2016
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Fanning at the Gucci Cruise 2017 fashion show at the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey in London.
2017
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Fanning at a lunch celebrating films powered by women during Sundance Film Festival in Park City.
2017
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Fanning at the "Sidney Hall" Sundance premiere at Eccles Center Theatre in Park City.
2017
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Fanning at the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
2017
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Fanning at the Fondazione Prada Private Dinner during the Cannes Film Festival at Restaurant Fred L'Ecailler in Cannes.
2017
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Fanning at the screening of "The Beguiled" during the Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals.
2017
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Fanning at the Miu Miu Cruise Collection show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week.
2017
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The Fanning sisters attend a Miu Miu show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018.
2018
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Fanning at a screening of "The Alienist" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.
2018
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Fanning at the "I Think We're Alone Now" premiere during the Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre in Park City.
2018
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Fanning at the "Isle of Dogs" premiere during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace in Berlin, Germany.
2018
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Fanning at the Miu Miu Women's Tales #15 Screening at The Curzon Mayfair in London.
2018
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The Fanning sisters attend The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo Power Stylists Dinner in Los Angeles.
2018
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Fanning at the "Galveston" premiere during the 44th Deauville American Film Festival in Deauville, France.
2018
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Fanning at a special screening of "I Think We're Alone Now" at the Dolby 88 Theater in New York City.
2019
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Fanning at the Miu Miu show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020.
2019
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Fanning at a special screening of "Teen Spirit" ArcLight Hollywood.
2019
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Fanning at the Hulu '19 Brunch at Scarpetta in New York City.
2019
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Fanning at the Prada Resort 2020 fashion show in New York City.
2019
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Fanning at the 2019 Met Gala "Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion" in New York City.
2019
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Fanning at the jury photo call during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival.
2019
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Fanning at the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival.
2019
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Fanning at the screening of "Les Miserables" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival.
2019
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Fanning at the Chopard Love Night in Cannes.
2019
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Fanning at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival.
2019
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Fanning at Hotel Martinez during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival.
2019
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Fanning at the Official Trophee Chopard Dinner photo call as part of the 72nd Cannes International Film Festival.
2019
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Fanning at a screening of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival.
2019
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Fanning at Hotel Martinez during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival.
2019
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Fanning at the closing ceremony screening of "The Specials" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival.
2019
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Fanning at the 2019 ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
2019
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Fanning at the Giffoni Film Festival in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy.
2019
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Fanning at the Walt Disney Studios presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO in Anaheim, California.
2019
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Fanning at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern in London.
2019
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Fanning at the world premiere of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" at El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles.
2019
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Fanning at the European Premiere of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" at the Odeon IMAX Waterloo in London.
2019
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Fanning at a photo call for "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London.
2020
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Fanning at a special screening of Netflix's "All the Bright Places" at ArcLight Hollywood.
2020
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Fanning at "The Roads Not Taken" photo call during the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Berlin.
2020
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Fanning at the premiere of "The Roads Not Taken" during the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace.