Dakota Johnson on red carpet wins and the teen outfit that 'makes her cringe'

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Cast member Dakota Johnson arrives at the premiere of 'The Lost Daughter' during the BFI film festival in London, Britain, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Dakota Johnson has been recalling her best - and worst - outfits. (Reuters)

We all have outfits we look back on with some regret. Maybe several outfits. But even Hollywood stars have their moments of 'what was I thinking?' it seems.

Dakota Johnson, 32, recently spoke to Elle UK Magazine about her fashion choices, and her stand-out red carpet looks - the good and bad.

Shown a series of photos of herself to comment on, she gasped at an image of herself in 2003.

"This is so embarrassing, oh my God, why haven't I seen these?" She laughed.

Dakota Johnson and Dakota Banderas during New York Premiere of Disney's
Dakota Johnson aged 12, at the premiere of The Cheetah Girls in 2003. (PA)

"That was the premiere of (Disney's) The Cheetah Girls, in 2003," she said. "I think I was 12 and I'm wearing a mesh tank top... is that a beret? What's happening, am I wearing a beret with a mesh tank top? Are those pinstriped suit pants? Fashion icon!"

She also recalled her favourite shoes. "When I was really little, I used to wear these black patent leather Mary Janes all the time - they're cool now!"

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Talking of her high school years fashion inspiration, Johnson added, "I guess when I was in high school, Kate Moss was like, the coolest," though recalling the early '00s hipster-jeans trend the actress added,

"I'll never understand low rise jeans - I remember those Frankie B jeans, the zipper was this long...I wore those for sure!"

Her teen style was eclectic, she admitted. "When I was a teenager, I had a boyfriend for a long time and we would share clothes. That was no one’s style. It was a little confused!"

Asked to recall the chic-est outfit she’s ever worn, Johnson remembered the look she wore to the Sphere premiere in 1998.

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WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 11:  Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson attend the world premiere of
Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson attend the world premiere of "Sphere" (Getty Images)

"I'm maybe 9 years old, I'm wearing a grey and black suit with a little headband- and a purse - what's in there? What does a nine year old need in a purse?" she laughed.

Dakota's actress mother, Melanie Griffith, also loves fashion, she added - but their styles are very different.

‘My mum and I have different styles. She is really good at cleaning out her closet... and I am not," revealed Johnson. "I’m the person who saves a lot of my clothes, I even save a lot of her clothes, and pieces – like dresses and jackets – that are special."

Discussing her stand-out red carpet looks, the actress and Gucci ambassador explained the story behind her Met ball dress in 2019.

Dakota Johnson attending the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala 2019 in New York, USA.Picture Credit Should Read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Dakota Johnson at the Met Gala 2019 in New York. (Doug Peters/EMPICS)

"I remember that the bleeding heart had just a couple of droplets of blood and I asked if they could make the blood go all the way down the dress and into the train," she explained. The ball's theme that year was "Camp: Notes on Fashion".

"I love working with Gucci, I love Alessandro (Michele)," she said of the label's creative director. "He's a really good friend."

At the Venice Film Festival, Dakota also wore Gucci. "I'm wearing a Gucci chainmail dress... it was exhausting wearing it," she admitted, "it was so heavy, and I was naked underneath!"

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American actress Dakota Johnson at the 78 Venice International Film Festival 2021. The Lost Daughter red carpet. Venice (Italy), September 3rd, 2021 (Photo by Marilla Sicilia/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
Dakota Johnson at the 78th Venice International Film Festival 2021.(PA)

One of her favourite looks, she added, was her Oscars 2017 dress. "It was an off-white cream silk gown that Gucci made - I felt that was the most glamorous dress I'd ever seen, it felt very 40s and 'Old Hollywood' chic," she said.

Dakota Johnson arriving at the 89th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Dakota Johnson arriving at the 89th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

Seeing another image of herself in a billowing white skirt and bra-lette tops, Johnson added, "This was at the governor's award in 2019 and I was wearing a Brandon Maxwell gown...I seem to have abs!

Dakota Johnson at the 11th Annual Governors Awards at the Dolby Theater on October 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA (Photo by Katrina Jordan/Sipa USA)
Dakota Johnson at the 11th Annual Governors Awards at the Dolby Theater on October 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA (Photo by Katrina Jordan/Sipa USA)

"Sometimes I get really nervous on a red carpet," she confessed. "The whole thing is really strange anyway, so either I'm tripping out on how strange it is, or I'm terrified."

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