The Best Emmys Red Carpet Dresses of All Time

From pre-leg Angie to crop-top Gwyneth.

Probably because someone forgot to make her annual offering of burnt Rolodex cards this year, the calendar gods chose the *worst* possible date for the Emmys: The Sunday after New York Fashion Week. But what is sucky scheduling for us could mean red-carpet magic for them if, say, a Delpozo finale gown makes it to Hollywood on time. Here, we celebrate the best in television—and their best dresses—over the years.

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Cindy Crawford, 1992

One instance where a Super in attendance at an unrelated awards show makes perfect, perfect sense—if the Emmys needed any more eyeballs in 1992, they were all trained on this Parisian bustier number.

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Jane Leeves, 1998

Peak '90s in the form of a spaghetti strap dress and super thin stilettos.

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Ellen Degeneres, 1995

Before silky pajamas in broad daylight had even had their hey-day.

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Demi Moore, 1997

Liquid silk and sequin sheaths are still peak glamour today.

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Angelina Jolie, 1998

Maybe it's because we'll never get over the '90s; maybe it's because baby Angie would win an Emmy that year for playing legendary model Gia Carangi. Either way, her nude Randolph Duke gown only amplifies her star quality.

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Calista Flockhart, 1999

Did we see this at Rosie Assoulin this week or nah? The white shirt/evening board shorts combo feels modern, even now.

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 2000

The most Carrie Bradshaw dress SPJ has ever worn on the red carpet.

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Jennifer Aniston, 2004

Found: Jen Aniston's Best Look Ever. Also found: Further evidence that she only ever wears simple, straight silhouettes. If it ain't broke...

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Halle Berry, 2005

This is basically an Ungaro sarong, but stick Halle Berry in it, and what could pass as beach attire suddenly becomes Fancy. Side note: I want to know what kind of boning is going on under there.

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Mischa Barton, 2005

Did you just go "Awww?" Because I did. Early-aughties Mischa Barton was so glowy and so chic, and she wore champagne Oscar de la Renta. *sigh*

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Heidi Klum, 2006

Before there was Kim, there was Heidi, who worked her heavily pregnant belly and an up-to-there slit like no other in scarlet Michael Kors.

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Christina Appelgate, 2008

Oscars glamour in the form of a one-shoulder jacquard Reem Acra gown with a sweeping train. *swoons*

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Mariska Hargitay, 2008

Ow ow. Taylor Swift's potential coworker lit up the red carpet in sunny Carolina Herrera.

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Chloë Sevigny, 2009

*squeals* A brief red carpet examination of why Chloë Sevigny is still one of the greatest fashion darlings of all time.

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January Jones, 2009

Using her witchy, icy blonde powers, Donatella Versace transformed the Chrysler building into a peplum top for January Jones to wear. Much more successful than what she did with those blue Solo cups for the 2010 Emmys.

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Blake Lively, 2009

Speaking of Versace...Where were you when Blake Lively wore this head-turning crimson gown with a slight up to there?

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Gwyneth Paltrow, 2011

Jeez. Have crop tops really been a thing for this long? That Gwynnie's Pucci ensemble wouldn't look out of place today really says something about the longevity of some trends.

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Emilia Clarke, 2012

When have you seen panniers at an awards show? Fifty dragon eggs for Khaleesi's Chanel dress.

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Linda Cardellini, 2013

How is this not more well-known?? Origami Donna Karan > any old mermaid gown.

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Kiernan Shipka, 2013

Did you go "Awwww" again but in a different way? Kiernan should always wear Delpozo, TBH, because she looks so cute here.

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Rose Byrne, 2013

Like Emma Stone in peach at the 2011 Golden Globes, you're guaranteed to stand out in a see of frou-frou tulle doilies if you go for sleek, close-cut Calvin.

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Lizzy Caplan, 2014

In your best Billy Eichner voice: "WOW THIS DONNA KARAN IS SO BEAUTIFUL I COULD DIE."

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Taylor Schilling, 2015

Further proof that the marigold dress is certified red carpet gold, no matter which award show you're attending. Schilling resembles a walking ray of sunshine in Stella McCartney.

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Joanna Newsom, 2015

Delpozo FTW any day, any carpet.

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Emily Ratajkowski, 2016

*Jaw drops* Zac Posen, you have truly outdone yourself, sir.

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Sarah Paulson, 2017

Who needs an Emmy Award when you're wearing this many jewels on your body? You can thank Prada magic for this dreamy, sternum-baring confection.

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