25 of Our Favorite Emmys Red Carpet Looks Of All Time
Remember Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw-esque tutu dress? Or Tessa Thompson‘s metallic rainbow dream look? What about Jennifer Aniston slaying every red carpet in the ’90s? The best-dressed celebs at the Emmys have always come out to play, and as the opener to awards season, there’s something extra special about this particular red carpet.
As we anxiously wait to see what our favorite TV stars wear this year, we’re taking a trip down memory lane and gushing over our favorite Emmys red carpet looks of all time.
Zendaya was an emerald green dream in this corseted, high-slit dress at the 2019 Emmys. The Vera Wang number featured a sheer bodice and a thigh-high slit, and Zendaya paired it with matching green heels, diamond accessories, and auburn red hair.
Angela Bassett, 2019
This winged jumpsuit and watercolor clutch combo was a beautiful, structured moment on the purple carpet in 2019.
Sandra Oh, 2019
Sandra was pretty in pink in this fitted off-the-shoulder Zac Posen gown.
Kristen Bell, 2019
Bell pulled off wearing rainbow and glitter and fringe at the 2019 Emmys. The Dior dress was funky and fresh.
Tracee Ellis Ross, 2018
Show. Stopper. We’ll never forget this voluminous, hot pink Valentino couture gown, and we never should.
Johnathan Van Ness, 2018
Yas queen! Sparkles, a thigh-high slit, and sheer fabric—Jonathan pulled out all of the stops with their look in 2018. Would we expect anything less?
Evan Rachel Wood, 2018
There’s nothing like a woman rocking a power suit, and Evan Rachel Wood is the queen of them. We loved this sleek look, and the flowers in Evan’s hair added an ethereal touch.
Reese Witherspoon, 2017
The Big Little Lies star looked like the powerful boss she is in this cobalt blue Stella McCartney blazer dress. It was especially fitting for the night, as Big Little Lies dominated the 2017 Emmys.
Zoë Kravitz, 2017
You need a 360 view of Zoë’s 2017 Emmys dress to see all of the beautiful colors it included—we really fell for this feathery Dior Haute Couture design.
Gina Rodriguez, 2017
We’ve never met a plunging neckline we didn’t like, and the intricate fabric of Gina’s Naeem Khan dress made this one even more jaw-dropping.
Mandy Moore, 2017
Is that Mandy Moore or an Oreo? We’re making this comparison in the best way possible—this monochrome gown was unforgettable.
Tessa Thompson, 2017
Tessa Thompson brought ’70s glam to the 2017 red carpet with this metallic rainbow gown. Honestly, we would watch her twirl around in this dress all day.
Kerry Washington, 2016
Kerry absolutely slayed the 69th Emmys Awards in this gorgeous Brandon Maxwell gown. It featured a cascading tail and sexy cut-outs, and the fact that she was pregnant with her second child made the look even cooler. Goals.
Sarah Paulson, 2016
We’re totally mesmerized by this beaded Prada gown, and Sarah’s hair matched the golden jewel accents more perfectly.
Lady Gaga, 2015
In true Gaga fashion, what could have been a simple white gown turned into a major fashion moment with the addition of giant puff sleeves.
Sarah Hyland, 2014
Sarah Hyland always rocks the Emmys red carpet, but this sweet number is our favorite of hers. This two-piece set inspired countless prom styles in 2014 and beyond.
Nina Dobrev, 2011
Nina looked like an actual mermaid in this bright red Donna Karan Collection gown and diamond choker. Can you say bombshell?
Christina Henricks, 2010
Christina’s copper hair was the perfect accent to this fringed, lavender dress.
Blake Lively, 2009
Blake stunned in this sultry red Versace dress that featured matted scales.
Leighton Meester, 2009
We couldn’t include Serena without including Blair. Leighton Meester served major Greek Goddess vibes in this toga-like gown and ornate gold cuffs.
Olivia Wilde, 2008
Olivia looked like an actual princess in this timeless gown by designer Reem Acra.
Halle Berry, 2005
Halle makes everything seem effortless, and she looked stunning in this blue strapless dress. The big hoop earrings added a dash of playfulness to this 2005 look.
Jennifer Aniston, 2002
We love everything about Jen’s boho-chic gown, from the neck scarf to the subtle bedazzled accents. Even Brad’s hair can’t distract us from Jen’s beauty.
Sarah Jessica Parker, 2000
From the feathers and the sparkles to the tight silk waist, this look couldn’t be more Carrie Bradshaw-esque.
Angelina Jolie, 1998
Back in 1998, Angelina Jolie rocked the scoop neck that has since made quite the comeback. She accessorized with a tiny clutch and sheer bejeweled slit. Iconic.