An Evolution of Dakota Fanning's Red Carpet Style Over the Years

Feb 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Dakota Fanning Oscar De La Renta New York Fashion Week 2018
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Since breaking out in Hollywood in the early '00s as the child star of films like I Am Sam, Uptown Girls and The Cat in the Hat. Dakota Fanning has grown up right before our eyes. Now in her mid-20s, Fanning is still working hard, landing roles in prestige TV dramas like TNT's The Alienist and intriguing indies like the Star Trek-inspired Please Stand By. 

But one of the most interesting ways to track Fanning's maturation into a respected grown-up actor is through the clothing she has worn on the red carpet. She's gone from wearing very cute, ornate sleeved dresses to the most luxurious, flattering gowns. There's also a consistent through-line in her red carpet or special event sartorial choices: she keeps it ridiculously classy, and the overall effect is both stunning and envy-inducing. 

So, on the occasion of her 24th birthday, let's take a trip back in time and look at the evolution of Dakota Fanning's red carpet style. 

1 /16: Very Twee in 2001

Dakota Fanning at the Premiere of 'I Am Sam'
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1/16 :Very Twee in 2001

2 /16: A Matching Pair in 2003

Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning at the Premiere of 'The Cat in The Hat'
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2/16 :A Matching Pair in 2003

3 /16: The Belle of the Ball in 2004

Dakota Fanning at the Hollywood Hits Broadway Fundraiser
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3/16 :The Belle of the Ball in 2004

4 /16: Sporting a Bold Jewel Tone in 2005

Dakota Fanning at the 5th Annual Breakthrough of the Year Awards
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4/16 :Sporting a Bold Jewel Tone in 2005

5 /16: Looking Floral and Fresh-Faced in 2007

Dakota Fanning at the 4th Annual First Star Celebration for Children's Rights
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5/16 :Looking Floral and Fresh-Faced in 2007

6 /16: Casual in a Black Cocktail Dress in 2008

Dakota Fanning at the Premiere for 'The Secret Life of Bees'
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6/16 :Casual in a Black Cocktail Dress in 2008

7 /16: Fierce in Neutrals in 2010

Dakota Fanning at the Premiere of 'Twilight: Eclipse'
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7/16 :Fierce in Neutrals in 2010

8 /16: Peachy Pops of Color in 2010

Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart at the Premiere of 'The Runaways'
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8/16 :Peachy Pops of Color in 2010

9 /16: Staying Super Chic in 2011

Dakota Fanning and Sofia Coppola at the Marc Jacobs Collection Spring 2012 Show
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9/16 :Staying Super Chic in 2011

10 /16: An Elegant Two-Piece in 2013

Dakota Fanning at the 'Night Moves' Premiere
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10/16 :An Elegant Two-Piece in 2013

11 /16: Elegant in Midnight Blue in 2013

Dakota Fanning at the Premiere of 'The Last of Robin Hood' at TIFF 2013
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11/16 :Elegant in Midnight Blue in 2013

12 /16: A Black & White Beauty in 2015

Dakota Fanning at the Dior Croisiere Photocall
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12/16 :A Black & White Beauty in 2015

13 /16: A True Star Come to Life in 2016

Dakota Fanning at the Save the Children Illumination Gala
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13/16 :A True Star Come to Life in 2016

14 /16: Soft & Simple in Yellow 2016

Dakota Fanning at the 23 Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards
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14/16 :Soft & Simple in Yellow 2016

15 /16: Sporting a Beautiful Blush Gown in 2017

Dakota Fanning at the 'Please Stand By' Premiere
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15/16 :Sporting a Beautiful Blush Gown in 2017

16 /16: Vampy & Mature in 2018

Dakota Fanning at 'The Alienist' Premiere
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16/16 :Vampy & Mature in 2018