For the Once Upon a Time premiere in Hollywood at this year's Cannes film festival, I designed my own dress from scratch with designer Rami Kadi. We had three months to assemble it – it was an amazing experience. The dress was made of tulle with Perspex shrapnel, so it looked like a mirrored body piece with a huge train. I decided the shape and the color – I felt like I had complete control of the final look, which was really important to me. As a model, it's not something I often try, so I felt very grateful.
Wearing the dress was a real struggle; It took about 30 minutes. We didn't consider the body part so heavy and because it was covered with fragments of Perspex, it was quite painful to do. Once the dress was on, I couldn't go to the bathroom and had to wear my hair and makeup, but it was a lot of fun. Rami had to remove the dress after I put it on because she couldn't travel with it – and there's no room for even a bra in my room, much less a prom dress. But as soon as I get to my new home, I'm definitely requesting it back.
The back of Leomie Anderson's dress. Photography: Stephane Cardinale / Corbis via Getty Images
What people don't know is that when you're on the red carpet, it's very intimidating. Photographers are yelling at you to get your attention, so you're turning around, but your dress is all wrapped around your legs. They are still taking pictures and you just have to hold on. When you watch videos of an event on the red carpet, they put on some lovely music and it sounds really laid back, but it's really not like that: there's no music.
I like to play with my look and make a statement. I don't like to play it safe, but my everyday style can really vary: sometimes I feel very formal and I can wear vintage Ralph Lauren, other days I want to be comfortable and cozy, and I'll wear my own brand of clothing. sports, Lapp. Sometimes I want to be glamorous and that's when I have fun on the red carpet, go out and think of something really dramatic to wear.