Artist Will Cotton Styles Elle Fanning Deliciously For New York Magazine

Will Cotton styles Elle Fanning for New York Magazine

In this collaboration between New York Magazine and artist Will Cotton (which originally ran in the 2013 February issue), actress Elle Fanning is made to look sweeter than she already does.

Will Cotton Styles Elle Fanning

Will Cotton Styles Elle Fanning
left: Will Cotton’s sketch of Elle fanning in headpiece; right: Elle photographed by Will in the headpiece

In addition to being the photographer and stylist, Will Cotton designed many of the sets, accessories and clothes inspired by spring fashions by other designers. In his inimitable style, Cotton bathes actress Elle in whipped cream dresses, candy crowns and petit fours, just like he does in much of his other artwork and photography.

william cotton sketch of elle fanning
Whipped-cream dress sketch, oil on paper, Will Cotton, based on Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière,

For this project, Cotton, who describes himself as a “three-desserts-a-day kind of person,” used spring looks that had caught the eye of New York’s fashion director Amy Larocca, as well as a few that tickled his own fancy. He then reworked them using real materials whenever possible — cake, frosting, meringue, and homemade rock candy.

Elle Fanning in Gown by Marchesa
Elle Fanning in Gown by Marchesa
Corset and earrings Will Cotton, based on Dolce & Gabbana. Bodysuit, Dolce & Gabbana
Corset (detail) Will Cotton, based on Dolce & Gabbana. Bodysuit, Dolce & Gabbana
Headpiece by Will Cotton
Headpiece by Will Cotton
Elle Fanning
Headpiece, Will Cotton, based on Alexander McQueen, Gown by Marchesa.
Eyes, Will Cotton, based on Dior, available at
Bag, Reed Krakoff
elle fanning and will cotton
Dress, Erdem and Will Cotton, available at
Shoes, Valentino Garavani, available at 746 Madison Ave. Robe, Agent Provocateur
Dessert skirt, ink on paper, Will Cotton
Dessert skirt, ink on paper, Will Cotton
Petits-fours-covered skirt, Thom Browne and Will Cotton, available at 100 Hudson St., Shoes, Louis Vuitton.


Dress, Dior, available at 21 E. 57th St.
Necklaces, Will Cotton, based on Chanel, original available at 15 E. 57th St., Crown by Will Cotton. Swimsuit by Chanel.
Romper, Louis Vuitton, available at 611 Fifth Ave. Ink on paper, Will Cotton.
Dress, Will Cotton, based on Derek Lam, original available at 10 Crosby St. Lipstick, Candy Wrapper by Three Custom Color.
Dress, Marc Jacobs, available at 163 Mercer St.
Bag by Will Cotton, based on Fendi, original available at 677 Fifth Ave. Dress by Valentino.


Dress, Reem Acra, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave.


elle fanning portrait will cotton headpiece
Vivienne Westwood–inspired Will Cotton headpiece, original available at

A video featuring a Behind-the Scenes look at the photoshoot:

Read more about this project here

See more of Will Cotton’s work here

all images courtesy of New York Magazine

A shout-out to my friend and artist Danny Heller for bringing this great work to my attention.