Dakota Fanning’s Style Evolution from Young Starlet to Fashion Darling

Since emerging as a young actress over a decade ago, Dakota Fanning has quickly amassed an impressive resume, acting in movies such as Uptown Girls and, most recently, this year’s American Pastoral. Just as impactful as her IMDB page, Fanning’s style has come a long way since her acting debut. In the last 15 years, the young actress has become a fashion darling, stunning the crowd on the red carpet and in the front row at fashion week. While she loves to stun in fashion’s latest, from Rodarte to Miu Miu, Fanning has always stayed true to her youthful, romantic signature style. In honor of her birthday, here is a look back at Fanning’s style evolution, both on and off the red carpet.


Dakota Fanning has been making waves on the red carpet since the early 2000’s. Here she is at the premiere of The Santa Clause 2, wearing floral embroidered denim and a sweet white top with peter pan collar. 2002.


Dakota Fanning was pretty in pastel wearing an adorable tea length dress to the premiere of her first major film Uptown Girls. 2003.


Fanning was all dressed up and tied with a bow at the 2003 Annual Emmy Awards. The look was finished with a pair of black Mary Janes that spoke to the star’s youthful energy. 2003.


Dakota Fanning looked sophisticated as she stepped away from girly dresses at the premiere of Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story with a black and white skirt and shirt. 2005.


At the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 12th Annual Critic’s Choice Awards, Fanning had a moment in gold lace, again finishing the look with a pair of Mary Janes. 2007.


Skipping any awkward phases altogether, Fanning emerged as a stylish teen at the premiere of The Twilight Saga: New Moon wearing a black, lace mini dress and sky-high heels. 2009.


Fanning stepped out with the fashion crowd at the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in a flirty white lace dress. 2010.


Fanning wows in another lace mini dress, and pumps by Christian Louboutin, at the Los Angeles premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. 2010.


The young actress changed pace at the 19th Annual BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia, wearing a major floor-length, drop waist gown. Fanning looked glamorous and understated, setting the tone for more chic looks in years to come. 2010.


Fanning was the definition of an ethereal beauty on the red carpet at the ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ Met Gala . 2011.


Fanning looked all grown up sitting front row at Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 runway collection show, wearing a youthful and playful daisy print mini dress. 2011.


Fanning was a metallic goddess on the red carpet for the London premiere of All is Good wearing a stunning, embellished gown by Stella McCartney and a Lanvin clutch. 2012.


Fanning showed off her dark side on the red carpet at a screening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 wearing a gown straight off of Valentino’s Spring 2013 runway. 2012.


Fanning kicked her look up a notch at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Night Moves wearing a sparkly black and turquoise mesh two-piece look from the Atelier Versace Fall 2013 collection. 2013.


Fanning continued her streak of dark glamour wearing a long, sheer gown to the Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 runway show. 2013.


Fanning changed up the pace in a pale pink at the 2013 Americans for the Arts event wearing a goddess-esque gown by Vionnet. 2013.


Fanning looked chic and elegant in a little black dress at the Christian Dior Spring 2015 runway collection show. 2014.


Lady in red. Fanning matched her lipstick to her fringed Valentino dress at the world premiere of Effie Gray. 2014.


Fanning looked chic and sporty wearing a dress from the collection with a part of peep toe booties at the Alexander Wang X H&M launch event. 2014.


Fanning attended the 2nd Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala wearing a strapless navy dress by Zac Posen paired with nude sandals by Christian Louboutin. 2014.


Fanning opted for another strapless dress, by Max Mara, to the Whitney Museum of American Art opening dinner. 2015.


Later that year, the actress wore a slinky little black dress with black peep toe pumps to a BCBG Young Hollywood event. 2015.


Sitting front row at Dior’s Cruise 2016 runway show, Fanning wore a playful, elegant strapless dress from the designer’s collection. 2015.


The fashion darling wore an embellished mini-dress to the Valentino Fall runway show at Paris Fashion Week. 2016.


Fanning landed on W’s Best Dressed list when she attended Valentino’s Spring 2017 show in Paris wearing a black lace midi dress from the designer’s previous season with black high waited knickers and bra by Eres. 2016.


Dakota Fanning surprised us with a pop of color at the premiere of American Pastoral wearing an orange cut-out dress by David Koma and Tamara Mellon silver sandals. 2016.


Dakota Fanning channeled classic Hollywood Glamour wearing a form fitting black gown by Dolce and Gabbana with Tiffany jewelry, at the screening of American Pastoral at the Modern Museum of Art. 2016.


Later that year, the actress showed off her playful side as she continued to promote her latest film, American Pastoral. The multi-colored , ruffled dress by Alexander McQueen was a different look for Fanning, but stayed true to her love of a high fashion mini-dress. 2016.


Seeing stars. Fanning stood out on the red carpet at the 4th Annual Save the Children Illumination event wearing an Elie Saab sheer star-embellished dress with belt from the designer’s spring collection. 2016.


At the Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker program, Fanning paired a tweed mini-dress with chunky Chanel pearl buttoned, gold heeled boots showing off both her affection for edgy flair and lady like style. 2016.


Fanning keeps its sweet and girly in tiered pink frills while stopping by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. 2017.