Style Star on the Rise: “Priscilla” Leading Lady Cailee Spaeny

Cailee Spaeny at the
Cailee Spaeny at the "Priscilla" premiere at the 61st New York Film Festival in October 2023. Photo by Gregory Pace/Shutterstock (14139874g)

If you still don’t know Cailee Spaeny’s name, it’s time you’ve learned it because we’ll be seeing her everywhere pretty soon. She rose to prominence thanks to her leading role in Sophia Coppola’s Priscilla and gave us several pretty show-stopping red carpet looks while promoting this movie.

Spaeny established herself as a star to watch after winning the Volpi Cup for her role in Priscilla, but she’s been around long before that. Her filmography also includes such movies as Bad Times at the El Royale and On the Basis of S— and TV shows Devs and The First Lady.

Major designers only really started paying attention to Spaeny after she landed the role in Priscilla, and her red carpet looks significantly improved since she joined forces with stylist Nicky Yates. She struck deals with Bulgari and Miu Miu and turned heads every time she hit the red carpet in recent months.

Spaeny’s style can best be described as understated elegance, and she never has to dress too splashy for her red carpet looks to make an impact. She’s a fan of classic silhouettes, neutral colors, and subtle details, such as pearls and floral embellishments.

Spaeny is pretty new to working with luxury brands and walking down the red carpet, but as someone who grew up in a large family and often wore hand-me-down clothes—she’s enjoying every second of it.

“It still blows my mind that part of my job is to walk around on carpets wearing beautiful dresses… So it still feels surreal to be able to pick and choose what my style is and what it means and what it says,” she told Vogue.