Elle Fanning in Gucci at the 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 2019
Catherine the Great was crushing the fashion game in 1700s Russia, and The Great star Elle Fanning has successfully channeled that same 18th-century fashion sense in all of her most memorable red carpet looks. Elle, who stunned at the Golden Globes in a Tiffany-blue Gucci gown, has had a passion for vintage style since she was a child. "My mom would let me wear whatever I wanted. I went to a lot of thrift stores and would mix [different pieces] together," the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil star said during a January 2020 interview with Marie Claire.
At events like the Cannes Film Festival and the Met Gala, Elle stands out in fairy-tale Reem Acra gowns, luxurious flowing Gucci capes, and floral designs fit for a queen. When she's not walking the red carpet, Elle loves to thrift and shop secondhand clothes that have a retro twist to them. "Some people are repulsed by that smell of vintage clothes, but I love it. I think it's because I'm a very nostalgic person and I daydream a lot. I feel I was possibly born in the wrong era — those old movies, Grace Kelly, so gorgeous, you know." While we patiently wait for Elle to release a video about her top tips for thrifting, check out some of her best vintage-inspired red carpet looks here.