September 19, 2016 11:15 AM

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Anna Chlumsky returned to the red carpet with a “risky” bang.

Less than two months after giving birth to daughter Clara Elizabeth, the 35-year-old Veep star arrived at the 2016 Emmy Awards in a daring lilac gown by Christian Siriano. The textured mini-dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline hit above her knees while its long cape skimmed the floor.

Chlumsky completed the awards show look with an up-swept ‘do, dangling earrings and pointed silver heels.

Designer Christian Siriano said they worked together to come up with her post-pregnancy sartorial debut.

“This was a collaboration,” he told PeopleStyle of the gown, one of nine looks he designed for the Emmys. “She really wanted something very vintage. She has a lot of vintage references, like old-school ’40s, ’50s dresses. And she wanted this very weird shape because she just had a baby. So she really, I think, didn’t want to show too much of her body, but still wanted to look cool.”

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And Siriano added that he and Chlumsky expected the dress to generate some criticism.

“I think definitely it was a risk,” he says. “The fabric was a risk. The shape was a risk. But it was cool. People get very scared of what they haven’t seen before. Like, ‘Oh, I hate it,’ or ‘Oh, it’s not working,’ because it’s just new to them. But I think that’s okay. We all knew it was going to be something fun and different and not everybody would get it and that’s okay.”

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The actress was nominated for the fourth time for best supporting actress in a comedy for her standout role as Amy Bookheimer in Veep. However, she lost to Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live.

Chlumsky and husband Shaun So also have a 3-year-old daughter, Penelope Joan.

PEOPLE learned exclusively that Chlumsky was expecting her second child in April. She and So, a business executive who previously served in the military, married in 2008.

Last fall, Chlumsky spoke to PEOPLE about being a new mom.

“It’s awesome. I love it,” Chlumsky said of parenting daughter Penelope. “She’s becoming her own person and it’s delicious to watch.”

— Stephanie Petit

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