How the Pants-Under-Dress Look Became a Red-Carpet Staple

A four-year odyssey.

Since the dawn of time/whenever the first red carpet was rolled out, the only "acceptable" attire for women was the gown. No longer—now we've got suits and Kerry Washington's pregnancy crop top and, yes, dresses over pants, which are becoming a black-tie basic of their own. See its gradual ascent, from early adopter Emma Watson to Tracee Ellis Ross at this year's Emmys.

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Emma Watson, 2012

Blazing a trail in Dior

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Ruth Wilson, 2012

In Dior 

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Mélanie Laurent, 2012

In Dior 

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Jessica Paré, 2013

In Jason Wu

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Solange Knowles, 2014

In Christian Siriano

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Emma Watson, 2014

In Dior

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Emma Stone, 2015

In Lanvin

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Solange Knowles, 2015

In Christian Siriano 

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Diane Kruger, 2015

In Donna Karan Atelier

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Emma Watson, 2015

In Dior 

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Liya Kebede, 2015

In 3.1 Phillip Lim 

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Kendall Jenner, 2015

In The Row

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Solange Knowles, 2015

In Gareth Pugh

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Rita Ora, 2015

In Stella McCartney 

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Kiernan Shipka, 2015

In Dior

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Elizabeth Banks, 2015

In Razan Alazzouni

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Diane Kruger, 2015

In Monique Lhuillier

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Lady Gaga, 2016

In Brandon Maxwell

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Emma Watson, 2016

In Osman

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Solange Knowles, 2016

In David LaPort 

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Emma Watson, 2016

In Calvin Klein

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Solange Knowles, 2016
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Solange Knowles, 2016

In Creatures of Comfort

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Tracee Ellis Ross, 2016

In Ralph Lauren 

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Sarah Hyland, 2016

In Monique Lhuillier

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