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THE DRESS: CUSTOM GIVENCHY HAUTE COUTURE
Riccardo Tisci and a team of 11 people put together this gown in around 2,000 hours. "It's a simple column dress embellished with Belle Epoch jet beads," Nina (here with the gown on Emmy day) says. "The pattern seems futuristic, but the effect feels like elegant armor."
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TRYING IT ON
Dunst chilled out in her gown at her stylist's mom's home for an early fitting. "We have worked with Kirsten a long time so we don't pull in many dresses, usually just an heir and a spare," says Clare. "We had a narrative for this event that Kirsten wanted to explore: Simplicity Embellished."
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The theme of "Simplicity Embellished" carried over to the Roger Vivier Couture accessories the stylists were trying for this look.
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THE WINNING PAIR
The sandals Dunst and the Hallworths chose have Roger Vivier's signature "sphere" detail at the base of the heel, which was inspired by a pair of heels designed by Mr. Roger Vivier in 1953 for Marlene Dietrich.
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Though Dunst didn't pose with a clutch on the red carpet, she did carry the small Roger Vivier Couture minaudière (bottom) to the show, with geometric beading that echoed the textures on the gown.
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A WEATHER-APPROPRIATE GOWN
"The Emmys are often very hot," explains Clare. "We look for dresses that are comfortable for that type of weather—no sleeves, not heavily corseted— but have enough weight in the design and construction to hold up and not crumple in the heat. It has to look effortless as its a long day for the dress and an even longer day for the girl."
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One standout set of earrings the Hallworths loved were 19th Century Colombian Emerald and Diamond Earrings by Fred Leighton.
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Dunst's antique cut pear shape diamond earrings (which added up to 10 carats total) from Fred Leighton echo the shape of her neckline. She also wore a Fred Leighton 6-carat cushion cut diamond ring from the 1920s, an era potentially channeled in the flapperesque drop-waist on Dunst's gown.
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"The dress is weighty, completely beaded with intricate hand-sewn jet beads," says Nina. "But it has the ease and comfort of a T-shirt."
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THE BEAUTY TOUCHES
Nina and Clare call Dunst's vibe both "modern and nostalgic," which showed in her hair and makeup for the show. Makeup artist Pati Dubroff gave Dunst natural, taupe eye look and a subtle rose lip (it's Laura Mercier lip pencil and sheer lip colour in Plumberry), while hairstylist Renato Campora gave the actress effortless waves.
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THE FINAL LOOK
"When a girl looks relaxed and refined on the red carpet, and has the confidence of comfort—that shows," says Nina.