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.
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.
Peak '90s in the form of a spaghetti strap dress and super thin stilettos.
Before silky pajamas in broad daylight had even had their hey-day.
Liquid silk and sequin sheaths are still peak glamour today.
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.
Did we see this at Rosie Assoulin this week or nah? The white shirt/evening board shorts combo feels modern, even now.
The most Carrie Bradshaw dress SPJ has ever worn on the red carpet.
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.
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*
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.
Oscars glamour in the form of a one-shoulder jacquard Reem Acra gown with a sweeping train. *swoons*
Ow ow. Taylor Swift's potential coworker lit up the red carpet in sunny Carolina Herrera.
*squeals* A brief red carpet examination of why Chloë Sevigny is still one of the greatest fashion darlings of all time.
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.
Speaking of Versace...Where were you when Blake Lively wore this head-turning crimson gown with a slight up to there?
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.
When have you seen panniers at an awards show? Fifty dragon eggs for Khaleesi's Chanel dress.
How is this not more well-known?? Origami Donna Karan > any old mermaid gown.
Did you go "Awwww" again but in a different way? Kiernan should always wear Delpozo, TBH, because she looks so cute here.
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.
In your best Billy Eichner voice: "WOW THIS DONNA KARAN IS SO BEAUTIFUL I COULD DIE."
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.
Delpozo FTW any day, any carpet.
*Jaw drops* Zac Posen, you have truly outdone yourself, sir.
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.