How Many of These Iconic Emmys Dresses Do You Remember?

Every year after the first Monday in May rolls around (aka the Met Gala), we're forced to take a hiatus from major red carpet moments. While the Oscars, Grammys, and Golden Globes are packed into a few short weeks, once summer rolls around, things tend to get quiet until the Emmys arrive in September. The award ceremony celebrates the best of primetime TV, and this year, come September 18, we're ready to see our favorite stars from shows like Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey take the red carpet dressed to impress. 

But with a little under a month left until the big day arrives, we're still feeling the need for a little refresher, so we took a look back at 17 outstanding dresses from years past. Some are more recent while others are a major '90s throwback, but all of them are worth remembering.

Read on to check out our favorite Emmys looks ever!

Kerri Russel Girogio Armani Emmys Dress


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Who: Keri Russell

What: The 52nd Emmy Awards (2000)

Wear: Giorgio Armani gown

This shimmering gown is a total showstopper.

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Jennifer Aniston Chanel 2004 Emmys


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Who: Jennifer Aniston

What: The 56th Emmy Awards (2004)

Wear: Chanel dress

The effortless elegance of Aniston's beaded Chanel column dress make it a winner.

Kerry Washington Marc Jacobs Emmys Dress


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Who: Kerry Washington

What: The 67th Emmy Awards (2015)

Wear: Marc Jacobs dress

For the 2015 Emmys, Kerry Washington chose a dress straight off the runway from Jacobs's S/S 16 show.


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Who: Sarah Jessica Parker

What: The 55th Emmy Awards (2003)

Wear: Chanel gown

The Sex and the City actress looked oh so sweet in a Chanel gown reminiscent of cotton candy.

Mischa barton oscar de la renta emmys


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Who: Mischa Barton

What: The 57th Emmy Awards (2005)

Wear: Oscar de la Renta

This embellished gown was a sophisticated spin on a simple slip dress.

Emilia Clarke Chanel Emmys Dress


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Who: Emilia Clarke

What: The 64th Emmy Awards (2012)

Wear: Chanel dress

Classic with a colorful twist, Emilia's floral-embellished Chanel dress was worthy of a double-take.

Calista Flockhart Top and Skirt 1999 Emmys


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Who: Calista Flockhart

What: The 51st Emmy Awards (1999)

Wear: Ralph Lauren skirt

We love that the Ally McBeal actress went the nontraditional route and swapped a dress for this cool combo instead.

Gwyneth Paltrow matching set emmys


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Who: Gwyneth Paltrow

What: The 67th Emmy Awards (2011)

Wear: Emilio Pucci matching set

When Gwyneth arrived at the Emmys in this shimmery two-piece, we were instantly enamored. 


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Who: Blake Lively

What: The 61st Emmy Awards (2009)

Wear: Versace dress

Blake Lively has been a longtime Versace supporter, and this red dress is one of our all-time favorite looks.

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Who: Angelina Jolie

What: The 50th Emmy Awards (1998)

Wear: Randolph Drake dress

Even back in 1998, a leg slit was Jolie's signature look.

Oprah Winfrey 2002 emmys dress


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Who: Oprah Winfrey

What: The 54th Emmy Awards (2002)

Wear: Bradley Bayou dress

There's something especially regal about Oprah's corseted ball gown from the 2002 Emmys. 

Jennifer Garner 2003 Emmys


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Who: Jennifer Garner

What: The 55th Emmy Awards (2003)

Wear: Narciso Rodriguez gown

The Alias star stunned on the red carpet in this pale pink creation.

Taraji P Henson Alexander Wang Emmys Dress


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Who: Taraji P. Henson

What: The 67th Emmy Awards (2015)

Wear: Alexander Wang dress

We were head over heels for Taraji's edgy Alexander Wang dress, complete with chain straps.

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Halle Berry 2000 emmys



Who: Halle Berry

What: The 52nd Emmy Awards (2000)

Wear: Valentino

While she rocked the look all the way back in 2000, Halle's dress-and-choker combination is a look we might just see this year too.

Olivia WIlde marchesa emmys



Who: Olivia Wilde

What: The 61st Emmy Awards (2009)

Wear: Marchesa dress

From the mermaid bottom to the one-shoulder detailing, Wilde's dress was a red carpet hit.

Michelle Dockery Rosie Assoulin Emmys Dress


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Who: Michelle Dockery

What: The 66th Emmy Awards (2014)

Wear: Rosie Assoulin

Fashion girls everywhere gasped with delight when Dockery arrived on the red carpet in this colorful look by Assoulin.

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Mindy Kaling Emmys Dress


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Who: Mindy Kaling

What: The 67th Emmy Awards (2015)

Wear: Salvador Perez

Mindy's one-shouldered gown is a red carpet classic—elegant, polished, and oh so pretty.

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