When we have over 60 years of history, some memorable moments are bound to happen along the way. Since handing the very first Emmy Award all the way back in 1949, there have definitely been some winners. And we’re not only talking about the ones who got the golden statuette. Let’s take a look back at the most glamorous gowns that showed up at the annual awards. From Sarah Jessica Parker to Sofia Vergara and more, we’ve gathered 55 of the most breathtaking designs to grace the Emmys so far!
Thandie Newton, 2018
Looking all elegant, Thandie Newton showed up to the 2018 Emmys in a Spring 2019 Brandon Maxwell dress paired with Harry Winston jewels. The bubble-gum pink fitted gown is the perfect combination of feminine and understated, making this gown an effortless choice for the event.
Tiffany Haddish, 2018
Tiffany Haddish made a statement in this flowy Prabal Gurung gown. It definitely turned heads as she walked down the red carpet. The rainbow dress is definitely a refreshing change from the neutrals and pastels that normally grace the red carpet.
Zoë Kravitz, 2017
Zoë Kravitz never disappoints us! She always likes pushing the boundaries of fashion and trying all the newest trends and more. Wearing Dior Haute Couture, her feathered gown is paired with Tiffany & Co. jewels to complete the look.
Nicole Kidman, 2017
Always classy and put together, Nicole Kidman stunned on the Emmy red carpet here. She wore a bright red Calvin Klein by Appointment dress, Calvin Klein shoes, and carried a Calvin Klein bag. All her jewels were Harry Winston’s and Shiffon Co.
Millie Bobby Brown, 2017
Who hasn’t heard of Millie Bobby Brown over these past few years? Ever since she had her big break on ‘Stranger Things’, fans can’t stop gushing about her. In the 2017 Emmys, she showed up in a beautiful cream-colored strapless Clavin Klein by Appointment gown.
Priyanka Chopra, 2016
In 2016, Priyanka Chopra stunned in red on the Emmy carpet. Her flowy gown was made by the iconic designer, Jason Wu. With one-shoulder detailing and a slim satin belt around the waist, the gown fits her perfectly.
Emilia Clarke, 2016
As usual, when Emilia Clarke arrived at the 2016 Emmys, all eyes were on her and her Atelier Versace gown. The nude-color dress was clearly tailored just for her, as it hugs her curves flawlessly. The simple yet elegant strapless dress will surely be remembered for years to come.
Taraji P. Henson, 2015
Taraji P. Henson sure loves making a statement on the red carpet, and she never disappoints! Wearing an edgy Alexander Wang black gown, she kept the accessories simple to let the dress take the spotlight.
Kerry Washington, 2015
Kerry Washington definitely did not hold back in the 2015 Emmys! She walked the red carpet in this show-stopping silver dress by Marc Jacobs. All we can say about this look is that she made the right choice.
Kiernan Shipka, 2015
Wearing separate Dior pieces, Kiernan Shipka made this youthful look her own with the pop of yellow. The combination of the top with the black slacks and pointed shoes is without a doubt a risk, but she definitely pulled it off.
Lizzy Caplan, 2014
Lizzie Caplan’s Donna Karan gown is an absolute win in our book. The high-contrast gown was far from boring or mundane. Black and white, the halter wrapped all the way around her back, creating a crisscross on her back.
Rose Byrne, 2013
Who doesn’t love a good crop design? Rose Byrne stunned on the Emmy red carpet in 2013 in her Clavin Klein dress. The floor-length soft pink gown had a crisscross detail on her stomach as well as a cropped look, making it seem effortless.
Michelle Dockery, 2013
When she wore this two-toned Prada gown to the Emmys in 2013, Michelle Dockery pretty much cemented her role as a breakout fashion star. The backless dress suits her perfectly, with a large bow at the nape of her neck.
Miley Cyrus is known to make a statement while on the red carpet; more often than not, she opts for edgy looks that will definitely catch your eye. Here we can see she went with a black sequined Yves Saint Laurent gown with a plunging neckline. She paired it with black sandals, chandelier earrings, a snake necklace, a thick bracelet, and multiple stacked rings. All her jewelry was by Bvlgari.
Cardi B showed up with a vintage Thierry Mugler look straight from 1995. The dress featured dramatic ruffles with pearl details at the waist and neck. The entire ensemble was made to resemble a pearl inside a clam but in a fashionable way. Cardi paired the dress with a matching pearl updo. In fact, this was the same piece that was worn on the runway.
Jennifer Lopez is always dressed to impress, so it’s no surprise that she showed up at the red carpet looking like a million dollars. She wore a mesmerizing long-sleeve mirrored silver gown designed by Tom Ford. It was both ridiculously beautiful and ridiculous eye-catching all at once. J.Lo finished off the look with jewelry that matched her stunning dress perfectly.
It feels as if Jennifer Lawrence has been walking the Oscars red carpet since forever, right? Well, let’s take a look back at her very first Academy Awards in 2011. She wore a custom Calvin Klein red dress. The simple yet stunning dress immediately caught everyone’s attention on the red carpet. It was both sophisticated and flattering, with the scoop neck in the front adding a classic touch and the criss-cross detailing in the back making it more youthful and modern.
At this year’s AMAs, Taylor Swift went for gold for her onstage outfit. The singer was honored with the Artist of the Decade award and performed a medley of her greatest hits on stage. She sported a glittering gold bodysuit embellished with crystals and fringe detailing. To complete the look, she wore gold block-heel ankle boots with pointed toes and crystal-covered heels.
This one is more of a throwback. Here we have Geena Davis at the 1992 Academy Awards wearing a dress designed by Ruth Meyers and Bill Hargateat. The black and white ruffled minidress had ruffles that made it look somewhat like an elaborate costume. She paired it with long gloves.
Tina Fey, 2013
The hilarious comedian looked nothing but stylish at the 2013 Emmys. Tina Fey wore a skin-tight royal blue dress that flared out towards the bottom, creating a mermaid effect. She kept the jewelry on the simple side as to not overpower the dress itself.
Sofia Vergara, 2012
At the 2012 Emmys, Sofia Vergara stunned in this turquoise Zuhair Murad gown that hugged her curves perfectly. The sequined dress practically stole the show, with a cut-out in the front and a v-neck shape created by the straps.
Julianne Moore, 2012
Who said you needed to show skin to light up a room? Julianne Moore is living proof that isn’t the case. She dazzled in a vibrant yellow Dior Haute Couture gown at the 2012 Emmys. As for accessories, she kept them rather simple and elegant.
Allison Williams, 2012
Wearing a gorgeous shade of green, Allison Williams turned heads when she showed up on the Emmys red carpet in 2012. The Oscar de la Renta strapless dress had incredible detailing around the waist.
Jessica Pare, 2012
Looking like a modern Grecian goddess, Jessica Pare wore a white one-shoulder Jason Wu gown to the 2012 Emmy Awards. Keeping the look simple and classy, she paired the dress with a black clutch and a bright red lip.
Zooey Deschanel, 2012
Shining in a pastel blue Reem Acra gown, Zooey Deschanel looked just like a princess at the 2012 Emmys. With a bright pink lipstick and no accessories, Zooey truly let the strapless dress shine in its rightful place on the red carpet.
Nina Dobrev, 2011
Back in the 2011 Emmys, it was practically impossible to look at anything other than Nina Dobrev’s gorgeous red strapless dress. With a new take on the classic mermaid shape, the Donna Karan dress had ruffles that took things to the next level. Not to mention the silver accessories that complete the look.
Kate Winslet, 2011
In her Elie Saab dress at the 2011 Emmys, Kate Winslet practically defined the term ‘red hot’. With a deep plunge on the front and a skin-tight silhouette, she could do no wrong with this simple and edgy dress.
Gwyneth Paltrow, 2011
Gwyneth Paltrow proved she didn’t need a gown to turn heads when she wore this Pucci two-piece to the 2011 Emmys. The beaded details are breathtaking, not to mention, the outfit fits her like a glove.
Claire Danes, 2011
Claire Danes wore this stunning beaded Oscar de la Renta strapless dress to the 2011 Emmys. The abstract pattern of the fabric provides all the detailing you need! All she paired the gown with is a big pair of earrings.
Kim Kardashian, 2010
There weren’t many celebrities out there who could keep up with Kim Kardashian’s edgy style back in 2010. She showed up to the red carpet with this simple yet eye-catching white Marchesa dress. With gold and silver detailing around the collar, she sure pulled off the daring look!
Anna Paquin, 2010
Anna Paquin really brought some drama to the Emmy red carpet in 2010 with her black and gold Alexander Mcqueen gown! With a high-low hem in the front, the dress has exquisite gold beaded detailing on the front and shoulders.
Chloë Sevigny, 2009
Chloë Sevigny really brought her A-game to the 2009 Emmys with this fashionable look! Wearing a white one-shoulder dress, it’s adorned with small black polka-dots, creating a fresh and modern look.
Drew Barrymore, 2009
Looking like a princess, Drew Barrymore wore a peach pink ballgown made by Monique Lhuillier to the 2009 Emmys. The strapless dress flattered her perfectly – both in tone and in its shape. Need we say more?
Mila Kunis, 2009
That same year, Mila Kunis wore a dress by the same designer, Monique Lhuillier, but looked completely different. The maroon cocktail dress was the perfect fit for the star’s personality. With chiffon detailing and a pulled-in waist, the dress was the star of the show.
Blake Lively, 2009
Who said red on red isn’t a good pairing? Well, Blake Lively proved otherwise at the 2009 Emmys. She wore a plunging Versace dress that had a slit up the front. She definitely turned some heads at the event!
January Jones, 2009
January Jones stunned at the 2009 Emmys! She wore a beautiful white strapless Versace gown that looked like something from the future, and in the best way. With a sweetheart neckline and silver detailing, the simple dress was definitely eye-catching.
Leighton Meester, 2009
On the 2009 Emmy red carpet, Leighton Meester inspired brides everywhere with her white Bottega Veneta gown. The v-neck dress sinched her waist perfectly, accenting her gorgeous figure. The shoulder detailings were just the icing on the cake!
Olivia Wilde, 2008
Olivia Wilde’s silver gown at the 2008 Emmys is proof that sweet and futuristic can, in fact, mix – and well! Her Reem Acra floor-length gown suited her flawlessly, making her stand out from the crowd.
Misha Barton, 2005
Looking heavenly in her sparkling nude gown, Misha Barton was very much dressed to impress at the 2005 Emmys! The gown has a classic, simple shape that flatters her perfectly. She paired the gown with understated silver jewelry that complete the look.
Halle Berry, 2005
In 2005, Halle Berry stunned in blue on the Emmy red carpet. The strapless gown flowed beautifully, with a pale blue chiffon linings making it truly stand out. She accessorized it simply, with silver earrings a bangle, and a small clutch.
Jennifer Aniston, 2004
Jennifer Anniston always seems to be at the top of the fashion game no matter what. In 2004, that was no different; she showed up to the Emmys in a gorgeous cream-colored Chanel gown. She definitely stood out the the subtle boho-chic look.
Jennifer Garner, 2003
Don’t you worry, the 2003 Emmys were just as full of fashion inspiration as any other year! Jennifer Garner turned heads in her white cutout fitted dress. She kept the accessories to a minimum, with a long necklace and rings.
Sarah Jessica Parker, 2003
Sarah Jessica Parker was pretty in pink in 2003. This time, she went to the Emmys in this gorgeous Chanel strapless gown, pairing it with a small and delicate clutch. To complete the look, she opted for an icy eyeshadow that made her eyes pop.
Debra Messing, 2002
For the 2002 Emmys, Debra Messing turned to her go-to designer, Michael Kors, for a dress. She went for this simple and edgy black tight dress. With a crisscross detail on the plunging neckline, we think she definitely pulled this off!
Keri Russell, 2000
Wearing a glistening silver gown, Keri Russell stole the show at the 2000 Emmy Awards. With a plunging v-neck down the front and a fitted silhouette, she could do no wrong in this dress. The small train trailing behind her is just the cherry on top!
Sarah Jessica Parker, 2000
Seeing as she played Carrie Bradshaw, it’s no surprise that Sarah Jessica Parker’s red carpet game was flawless. In 2000, she wore this pink Oscar de la Renta dress to the Emmys and we have to say, it’s perfect.
Michelle Williams, 1999
She didn’t know this yet, but there were going to be so many milestones to come for Michelle Williams. It all began at the 1999 Emmys. She wore this minimalist gown that seemed to fit her like a glove.
Calista Flockhart, 1999
Even if she didn’t have a dress to wear to the Emmys, clearly it wasn’t a problem for Calista Flockhart. She wore a white button-down blouse tied around the waist and a long golden skirt. If that doesn’t scream ‘1999’ then we don’t know what does.
Lara Flynn Boyle, 1998
While this might not be the most memorable award show look in the world, Lara Flynn Boyle definitely stunned at the 1998 Emmys. The tight silvery dress is one that surely is timeless. Before we know it, it’ll be seen again on the red carpet now!
Angelina Jolie, 1998
Back in 1998, Angelina Jolie decided to channel the look of the iconic gold statuette in this slinky gold gown. Who wore it better? In our eyes, Angelina wins, hands down. In any case, she accessorized the dress with a tiny bag and sparkling jewelry.
Helen Hunt, 1998
In 1998, Helen Hunt wore this floral dress to the Emmy Awards and all we can really say is that she was very ahead of her time. Back then, people didn’t appreciate it all that much, but now? This dress would be considered to be iconic and high-fashion.
Katie Holmes, 1998
Katie Holmes for a delicate and sweet design for the 1998 Emmy red carpet. She wore a beautiful white dress that fit her like a glove. Not to mention, she finished the look with a thin silver choker and a bag made of white flowers!
Demi Moore, 1997
Keeping the look minimalistic, Demi Moore stunned in a deep blue sleeveless dress. The only accessories she wore to complete the look were long silver earrings and a blue bag to match the gown. The simplicity is exactly what makes the look iconic. Less is more, after all!
Tori Spelling, 1995
Tori Spelling went all out for the 1995 Emmy Awards with this look. She wore a sparkling two-tone blue dress that clearly stole the show. Her accessories were kept simple and her makeup matched the dress perfectly.
Teri Hatcher, 1995
That same year, Teri Hatcher decided to stand out and wear this silver number. You’d think she’d go for gold, no? Well, she definitely made a statement with this dress! Simple yet elegant, she pulled off this look effortlessly.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 1995
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was without a doubt pushing some boundaries when she went to the 1995 Emmys! Wearing this black spaghetti-strap dress, the winning factor has to be the super-lowcut v-neck. She pulled the look together with a sparkly black bag to match.
Jane Fonda, 1992
Since forever, Jane Fonda has been a style icon in Hollywood. In 1992, she showed up to the Emmys red carpet in this classic sparkling halter gown. The silver sparkles against the black fabric are all the statement you need when you’re Jane Fonda!
Cindy Crawford, 1992
Can you tell this picture was taken in the ’90s? Yeah, we thought so. Cindy Crawford showed up to the 1992 Emmys in this runway-style dress. The black-and-white ensemble seems to have definitely been ahead of its time. Especially the beret.
Cybill Shepherd, 1983
Things were so differnet in the ’80s compared to today, wouldn’t you say? Well, aside from this dress. Cybill Shepherd wore this sequined dress to the 1983 Emmys, and honestly, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the same thing worn today.
Florence Henderson, 1970
In 1970, Florence Henderson kept things rather simple for the Emmys. She wore this floral white lace look that must have been truly a statement then. Along with her stylish pixie-cut, she was probably the star of the show!
Mary Tyler Moore, 1970
Mary Tyler Moore stunned in this floral asymmetric dress at the 1970 Emmy Awards. The sweet-looking gown was paired with a lovely updo that really complemented the dress. Not to mention, the golden statuette really takes the look to another level!