These Are The Best Emmys Looks Of All Time

Eliza Huber
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The 72nd annual Emmy Awards were on Sunday, and while the occasion would normally have meant television’s finest together in one room — more specifically, the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles — this year, the first big award show of the season looked a little different. For starters, Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Emmys from a stage surrounded by empty seats. Meanwhile, people in hazmat suits that looked like tuxes brought winners their Emmys. As for the Emmys red carpet, there, unfortunately, wasn't one. (That is, except for Tracee Ellis Ross' solo carpet.)

In lieu of photographers greeting the stars of Euphoria, Little Fires Everywhere, Succession, Watchmen, and more on the red carpet this year, we saw them at home. And with the informal dress code — “come as you are, but make an effort,” Variety reported — we saw as many celebrities in luxe pajamas as formal gowns. With the latter in mind, we took a trip down memory lane — back to SJP’s feathered Oscar de la Renta from 2000 — instead.

Over the last two decades, celebrations of television shows — ranging from Friends, Will & Grace, and Sex and the City in the ‘90s and ‘00s to Mad Men, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and Game of Thrones from the 2010s — have resulted in some of Hollywood’s greatest red carpet fashion. Of the many winning Emmy red carpet looks, there was Jennifer Aniston’s white, strapless Chanel from 2004, Blake Lively’s red Versace from 2009, Kerry Washington’s orange Prada from 2014, and, of course, Zendaya’s show-stopping green custom Vera Wang from 2019.

So while, yes, this year’s Emmys red carpet looked nothing like the 72 before it — or like any awards ceremony at all really — that didn't mean we didn't still divulge in a night of epic red carpet fashion on Sunday, be it from Instagram in 2020 or from Emmys past. Click through our list of the best Emmys looks of all time (or at least the last 20 years) ahead.

<h2>Regina King in Schiaparelli, 2020<br></h2>

Regina King in Schiaparelli, 2020

<h2>Zendaya in Vera Wang, 2019</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images.</span>

Zendaya in Vera Wang, 2019

Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images.
<h2>Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton, 2019</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images.</span>

Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton, 2019

Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images.
<h2>Tracee Ellis Ross in Valentino, 2018</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic.</span>

Tracee Ellis Ross in Valentino, 2018

Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic.
<h2>Jessica Biel in Ralph & Russo, 2018</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images.</span>

Jessica Biel in Ralph & Russo, 2018

Photo: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images.
<h2>Millie Bobbie Brown in Calvin Klein, 2018</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images.</span>

Millie Bobbie Brown in Calvin Klein, 2018

Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images.
<h2>Thandie Newton in Brandon Maxwell, 2018</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images.</span>

Thandie Newton in Brandon Maxwell, 2018

Photo: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images.
<h2>Tessa Thompson in Rosie Assoulin, 2017</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.</span>

Tessa Thompson in Rosie Assoulin, 2017

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.
<h2>Sarah Paulson in Carolina Herrera, 2017</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images.</span>

Sarah Paulson in Carolina Herrera, 2017

Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images.
<h2>Uzo Aduba in Sally Lapointe, 2017</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.</span>

Uzo Aduba in Sally Lapointe, 2017

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.
<h2>Kerry Washington in Brandon Maxwell, 2016</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.</span>

Kerry Washington in Brandon Maxwell, 2016

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.
<h2>Emilia Clarke in Atelier Versace, 2016</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.</span>

Emilia Clarke in Atelier Versace, 2016

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
<h2>Kiernan Shipka in Dior Haute Couture, 2015</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.</span>

Kiernan Shipka in Dior Haute Couture, 2015

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.
<h2>Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell, 2015</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Barry King/Getty Images.</span>

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell, 2015

Photo: Barry King/Getty Images.
<h2>Kerry Washington in Prada, 2014</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.</span>

Kerry Washington in Prada, 2014

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.
<h2>Michelle Dockery in Prada, 2013</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.</span>

Michelle Dockery in Prada, 2013

Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.
<h2>Lucy Liu in Atelier Versace, 2012</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.</span>

Lucy Liu in Atelier Versace, 2012

Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.
<h2>Christina Hendricks in Johanna Johnson Couture, 2011</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic.</span>

Christina Hendricks in Johanna Johnson Couture, 2011

Photo: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic.
<h2>Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier, 2009</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.</span>

Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier, 2009

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.
<h2>Blake Lively in Versace, 2009</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.</span>

Blake Lively in Versace, 2009

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.
<h2>Chloe Sevigny in Mizrahi, 2009</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.</span>

Chloe Sevigny in Mizrahi, 2009

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.
<h2>Olivia Wilde in Reem Acra, 2008</h2><span class="copyright"> Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.</span>

Olivia Wilde in Reem Acra, 2008

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
<h2>Sandra Oh in Bottega Veneta, 2007</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.</span>

Sandra Oh in Bottega Veneta, 2007

Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.
<h2>Halle Berry in Emanuel Ungaro, 2005</h2><span class="copyright"> Photo: Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic.</span>

Halle Berry in Emanuel Ungaro, 2005

Photo: Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic.
<h2>Jennifer Aniston in Chanel, 2004</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.</span>

Jennifer Aniston in Chanel, 2004

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.
<h2>Jennifer Garner in Narciso Rodriguez, 2003</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Chris Weeks/FilmMagic.</span>

Jennifer Garner in Narciso Rodriguez, 2003

Photo: Chris Weeks/FilmMagic.
<h2>Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel, 2003</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.</span>

Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel, 2003

Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
<h2>Oprah in Bradley Bayou, 2002</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal/Getty Images.</span>

Oprah in Bradley Bayou, 2002

Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal/Getty Images.
<h2>Jennifer Aniston in Christian Dior, 2002</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Robert Mora/Getty Images.</span>

Jennifer Aniston in Christian Dior, 2002

Photo: Robert Mora/Getty Images.
<h2>Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta, 2000</h2><span class="copyright">Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images.</span>

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta, 2000

Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images.

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