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

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Caroline Bologna
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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

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.
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

The Fanning sisters at "The Santa Clause 2" premiere at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.
The Fanning sisters at "The Santa Clause 2" premiere at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.

2003

Fanning at the "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" premiere at Loew's Century City Cinemas in Century City.
Fanning at the "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" premiere at Loew's Century City Cinemas in Century City.

2003

The Fanning sisters at the "Uptown Girls" premiere at Archlight Theatre in Hollywood.
The Fanning sisters at the "Uptown Girls" premiere at Archlight Theatre in Hollywood.

2005

The Fanning sisters attend "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" on Broadway at The Hilton Theater in New York.
The Fanning sisters attend "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" on Broadway at The Hilton Theater in New York.

2007

Fanning at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of "The Nines" at Eccles Theatre in Park City, Utah.
Fanning at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of "The Nines" at Eccles Theatre in Park City, Utah.

2007

The Fannings at Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood.
The Fannings at Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood.

2008

The Fannings at The Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services' 2008 Mentor Awards Dinner and Fashion Show at the Globe Theater in Universal City, California.
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

Fanning at THINKFilm's screening of "Phoebe in Wonderland" at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.
Fanning at THINKFilm's screening of "Phoebe in Wonderland" at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.

2009

Fanning at the premiere of Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" in Westwood.
Fanning at the premiere of Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" in Westwood.

2010

Fanning at the "Somewhere" photo call during the 67th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Casino in Venice, Italy.
Fanning at the "Somewhere" photo call during the 67th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Casino in Venice, Italy.

2010

Fanning at the "Somewhere" premiere during the 67th Venice Film Festival at the Sala Grande Palazzo Del Cinema in Venice.
Fanning at the "Somewhere" premiere during the 67th Venice Film Festival at the Sala Grande Palazzo Del Cinema in Venice.

2010

Fanning at the 17th Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Celebration at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Fanning at the 17th Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Celebration at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

2010

Fanning at Focus Features' "Somewhere" premiere at ArcLight Hollywood.
Fanning at Focus Features' "Somewhere" premiere at ArcLight Hollywood.

2011

Fanning at the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
Fanning at the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

2011

Fanning at the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Fanning at the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

2011

Fanning at the Women In Film's 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Fanning at the Women In Film's 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

2011

The Fanning sisters at the Rodarte Spring 2012 fashion show at Pace Gallery during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
The Fanning sisters at the Rodarte Spring 2012 fashion show at Pace Gallery during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.

2012

Fanning at the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
Fanning at the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

2012

Fanning at the premiere of "Ginger & Rosa" during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End in London.
Fanning at the premiere of "Ginger & Rosa" during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End in London.

2012

Fanning at the 2012 AFI Fest premiere of "Ginger & Rosa" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Fanning at the 2012 AFI Fest premiere of "Ginger & Rosa" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

2013

Fanning at a promotional event for the 2013 J.ESTINA SS presentation at Shilla Hotel in Seoul, South Korea.
Fanning at a promotional event for the 2013 J.ESTINA SS presentation at Shilla Hotel in Seoul, South Korea.

2013

Fanning at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
Fanning at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

2013

Fanning at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award ceremony at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California.
Fanning at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award ceremony at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California.

2013

Fanning at the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Fanning at the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

2013

The Fanning sisters attend the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014 at Le Carre du Louvre.
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

Fanning at a Marie Claire event in West Hollywood.
Fanning at a Marie Claire event in West Hollywood.

2014

Fanning at the "Boxtrolls" panel during Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Fanning at the "Boxtrolls" panel during Comic-Con International in San Diego.

2014

Fanning at the "Boxtrolls" Los Angeles premiere at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Fanning at the "Boxtrolls" Los Angeles premiere at Universal Studios Hollywood.

2014

Fanning at the "Young Ones" New York premiere at Sunshine Cinema.
Fanning at the "Young Ones" New York premiere at Sunshine Cinema.

2014

Fanning at the premiere of Oscilloscope Laboratories' "Lowdown" at ArcLight Hollywood.
Fanning at the premiere of Oscilloscope Laboratories' "Lowdown" at ArcLight Hollywood.

2015

Fanning at the Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Los Angeles.
Fanning at the Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Los Angeles.

2015

Fanning at the "About Ray" premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.
Fanning at the "About Ray" premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.

2015

Fanning attends the premiere of "Trumbo" at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Fanning attends the premiere of "Trumbo" at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

2016

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.
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.

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