“Maleficent” Star Elle Fanning for ELLE Australia Magazine

Posted on October 21, 2019

“Maleficent” star Elle Fanning covers the November 2019 issue of ELLE Australia magazine photographed by Kai Z Feng and styled by Naomi Smith.


On the control that the new generation of Disney princesses exert over their own fates: “When I was young I watched all the animated Disney films, and they’re beautiful in their own way, but the women aren’t extremely complex and they do rely on the men a lot,” says Fanning. “The modern fairytale with a twist is so important.”

On her favorite outfit during this year’s Cannes Film Festival: “At Cannes, you can go big and that’s what I wanted. I wanted to do separates, and I asked Dior if they would be into a ball skirt and shirt situation, and it morphed into the New Look. We added the hat very last-minute. It was exciting because I’m very nostalgic of the ’50s and ’60s. Old Hollywood glamour is so classic, I wish it would come back.”

On feeling most at home on the red carpet: “I dressed really crazy at school. So obviously people weren’t necessarily going to be like, ‘You’re so cool.’ The red carpet was like a home for me—from a young age, the fashion community embraced me. The red carpet felt safe. I don’t feel judged on it—I feel free to express that side of myself. It’s such a creative outlet, something I could really take control of.”


Style Credits:
Cover: Jacket by Fendi
Image 1: Coat by Stella McCartney | Dress, Necklace and Ring by Christian Dior
Image 2: Jacket, Shirt and Skirt by Fendi
Image 3: Dress, Sock and Shoes by Miu Miu
Image 4: Dress, Necklace and Belt by Alexander McQueen

[Photo Credit: Kai Z Feng/ELLE Australia Magazine]

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