Jane Fonda, Actress and Activist, Is a Style Chameleon

Jane Fonda in Balmain

Whether or not she wants to admit it, Jane Fonda has always been a style icon. From her Barbarella days to that legendary Balmain jumpsuit, revisit her most memorable red carpet moments here.


Jane Fonda had style right from the start—as evidenced by this chambray shirt and pants ensemble in 1956.

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Kate Middleton may have wowed onlookers with her post-pregnancy style, but it’s hard to beat the red coat and knee-high boots Fonda wore leaving Paris’s Belvedere Hospital with her new daughter Vanessa in 1968.

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A black hat, big sunglasses, and boot-cut Levi’s? Jane Fonda invented easy, off-duty style.

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Quintessentially ‘80s, the actress’s fuchsia blazer, floral bustier, and super-high-waisted trousers were surely a hit at the American Film Institute celebration of Gregory Peck in 1989.

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Fonda embraced the early ‘90s in the decade’s best trends—a windbreaker, red turtleneck, and big, curly hair—at StanleyK. Sheinbaum’s 70th birthday celebration.

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Stepping out with her third husband Ted Turner, Fonda was a vision in a black and white checked print gown and black silk gloves at the 1995 Academy Awards.

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Later that year, the actress epitomized Beverly Hills-chic at the Television Critics Association Awards Dinner with a white high-necked dress, beige pumps, and brown sunglasses.

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Easing back into the spotlight after a nearly 10-year hiatus from acting, Fonda stunned in a simple black dress and gloves at the 2004 Golden Globe Awards.

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Aside from her acting and activism, Fonda is known for being a fitness fanatic. So it’s no wonder she’s continued to embrace form-fitting styles, like this all-black look from 2011. If you’ve got it, flaunt it.

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Over the past few years, the actress has adopted a more covered-up approach to red carpet wear—without sacrificing style, of course. In a zebra-printed jacket and black flared pants at the 2011 Women in Entertainment Breakfast, Fonda stole the show.

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The actress gave the younger generation at run for their money at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival in a gold sequin dress and coordinating tan fur. Stay golden, Jane.

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“I took one look at that Balmain jumpsuit, and I said, ‘That’s it!’” Fonda explains in W’s June/July issue. When you know, you know.

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