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The Best Emmys Red Carpet Dresses of All Time

Each September, the best and brightest in television are honored at the annual Emmy Awards, bringing out the biggest stars in the world of TV, and, increasingly, film. And while the Academy Awards remain the, well, the Academy Awards of fashion when it comes to the red carpet, the Emmys also have their own history of glamorous, show-stopping dresses. Think Sarah Jessica Parker in a pink confection of a Chanel Haute Couture gown at the 2003 ceremony, or Blake Lively, in her arguable sartorial star debut, showing up to the 2009 ceremony in a plunging, red hot Versace number. There was also Jennifer Aniston doing boho chic in beaded Chanel in 2004, a pregnant Claire Danes in sunny yellow Lanvin in 2012, and Tracee Ellis Ross immediately going down in history in a fuchsia ball-skirt gown by Valentino Couture. This year’s nominees include stars like Emma Corrin, Anya Taylor-Joy, Elizabeth Olsen, and Michaela Coel—a list that all but guarantees that more fashion moments will be rolling around soon. Until then, a look back at the best Emmy Awards red carpet dresses of years past.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston wearing Chanel at the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh wearing Vera Wang at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on August 27, 2006. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Zendaya

Zendaya wearing Vera Wang and Cartier at the 71st Emmy Awards on September 22, 2019.

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu wears Versace to the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Issa Rae

Issa Rae wears Vera Wang to the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner wears Richard Quinn to the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde wearing Reem Acra at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks wearing Zac Posen at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Blake Lively

Blake Lively wearing Versace at the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Connie Britton

Connie Britton wearing Burberry at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev wearing Donna Karan at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

January Jones

January Jones wearing Jason Wu at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston wears Prada to the 52nd Primetime Emmy Awards on September 10, 2000 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery wearing Rosie Assoulin at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke wearing Chanel at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis wears Zac Posen to the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss wearing Andrew Gn at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne wearing Calvin Klein Collection at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Lizzy Caplan

Lizzy Caplan wearing Donna Karan at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Allison Williams

Allison Williams wearing Giambattista Valli at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Kiernan Shipka

Kiernan Shipka wearing Dior Couture at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga wearing Brandon Maxwell at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington wearing Marc Jacobs at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson wearing Vera Wang at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra wearing Jason Wu at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross wearing Chanel Haute Couture at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman wearing Calvin Klein By Appointment, designed by Raf Simons, to the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson wearing Carolina Herrera at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross wearing Valentino Couture at the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz wearing Chanel Haute Couture at the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton wearing Brandon Maxwell at the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Regina King

Regina King wears Elizabeth Kennedy to the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016.


Source: W Magazine

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