Jane Fonda's style evolution in 47 photos: from red carpets to protests

The actress and activist has been known to make a statement through her fashion choices

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Jane Fonda is no stranger to a red carpet. Having been in the limelight since the early 1960s, her style has evolved from swinging mini-skirts to flowing sequinned gowns, with plenty of eye-catching jewels along the way.

A regular on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, the actress, 83, is known for her penchant for a floor-length, fitted gown, in a rainbow of colours, including pink, yellow, red, green and white. Although she has a handful of favourite designers, including Balmain, Versace and Valentino, she has also sported designs by the likes of Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, Elie Saab and Brandon Maxwell in the past.

Click through the gallery above to chart Jane Fonda's style journey since 1962.

More recently, Fonda is known for her star turn in sitcom series Grace and Frankie; the mid-noughties comedy, Monster-in-Law, in which she starred alongside Jennifer Lopez; and her earlier work, including Barbarella. She has also been in the news throughout her career for her activism, backing a number of causes, including human rights, environmental and gender rights causes.

Fonda has also made an environmental statement through fashion, vowing to never buy another garment of clothing.

True to her word, for the 2020 Academy Awards, she chose to repeat a rich red beaded gown by Lebanese designer Elie Saab, which she first wore six years earlier on the 2014 Cannes Film Festival red carpet. For the Oscars, she paired the look with a red coat, which she later wore to a climate change protest at the US Capitol.

“You see this coat? I needed something red and I went out and found this coat on sale. This is the last article of clothing that I will ever buy,” she told a crowd during the protest in March 2020. “When I talk to people about, ‘We don’t really need to keep shopping. We shouldn’t look to shopping for our identity. We don’t need more stuff,’ then I have to walk the walk too, so I’m not buying any more clothes.”

Updated: July 26, 2021, 5:19 AM