The Most Interesting Facts About the Emmy Awards Dresses, Accessories and More
Allison Janney Originally Picked Her Look for the Oscars
After seeing this shimmering Prabal Gurung look on the runway in February, Allison Janney and her stylist Tara Swennen made it a contender for her Oscars night. While they chose a custom Reem Acra gown instead, the Mom star and Swennen still wanted to wear this look for the Emmys — and just hoped that no one else would wear during the six months between events.
No one did (phew!), and Janney rocked it with Jared Lehr jewelry and custom-dyed accessories to match, including a Tyler Ellis clutch — with a pin that said "I'm a voter" — and Stuart Weitzman heels. Swennen was thrilled: “It’s a little disco, and the color looks beautiful on her."
Why Constance Wu Wore Jason Wu
Stylist Micaela Erlanger chose this Jason Wu look for the star of Crazy Rich Asians because of its "sleek, sultry vibe," Erlanger tells PEOPLE. "Jason Wu sent this one of a kind custom gown to me," says the stylist. "When we tried on this gown we knew it was something special and unlike any of the other looks we have done together."
Rachel Brosnahan Had Artistic Inspiration
The styling duo Jill Lincoln and Jordan Johnson told PEOPLE that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan had very specific criteria for her Emmys look. "She wanted color, structure, wrinkle-[resistant] fabric," they said. While they started looking at dresses two months ago, this Oscar de la Renta gown was somewhat of a last minute pick, as it just debuted on the runway at New York Fashion Week several weeks ago. The inspiration for the collection was John Singer Sargent's portrait Madame X, and we can see the resemblance. "Rachel is a lovely girl," the stylists said. "Everything about her exudes a lightness. We feel like this dress really complemented that, but had a subtle edge."
Megan Mullally Bought Her Own Dress
The Will & Grace star was her own stylist for the night, buying an off-the-rack design by Carolina Herrera for the celebratory evening, she told Entertainment Tonight. What does a dress like this cost? Just about $9,000 at Neiman Marcus — pre-tax. (And it wasn't the only gown you could buy right off the red carpet - these ones also could be in your closet by next week.)
Donald Glover Brings Back Square-Toe Shoes
"I never thought I'd see the day I'd put somebody in square-toed shoes," stylist Ilaria Urbanati told PEOPLE about the retro shape Jimmy Choo footwear she dressed her client Donald Glover in for the Emmy Awards. The shoe pick was the final piece of the star's fun custom Gucci striped ensemble. "It was a very Vaudevillian-looking suit," said Urbanati. "He gets that fashion is a creative, fun process and it's not meant to be serious — and we just play."
Zazie Beetz's Neckline Was a Piece of Art
The Atlanta actress's gown was a standout look in Ralph Lauren's 50th anniversary fashion show due to its intricate embroidery. The house said that it took 275 hours of work to hand embroider the antique crystals, beads, and stones on the neckline of the velvet gown.
Justin Timberlake Went 007
It's Timberlake, Justin Timberlake! The singer's stylist Annie Psaltiras says the singer channeled James Bond for a "007 moment" at the Emmy Awards. "He wanted a classic, elegant black tux that would be a good complement to Jessica," Psaltiras says of how they chose this perfectly-tailored shawl collar style by Tom Ford, one of Timberlake's favorite designers. "It’s her night and he wanted her to shine!" Cartier extras finished the look, including a rose gold watch, cufflinks and shirt studs, as well as patent leather shoes by Christian Louboutin for a "simple, elegant and timeless" ensemble, says the stylist.
Thandie Newton Lands Gigi's Brandon Maxwell Look
This bubblegum pink number by Brandon Maxwell was one of New York Fashion Week's biggest standouts, as Gigi Hadid walked the runway in the dreamy one-shoulder design. It was no surprise it landed on Westworld's Thandie Newton, who looked equally modelesque walking the red carpet — and later accepting her award — in this flattering gown.
Philippe Uter Didn't Want Summer to End
The Stranger Things star wanted to pick an outfit that "celebrated the end of summer," his stylist Philippe Uter told PEOPLE, which is why they went for this white Fendi suit. "Fendi is a classic brand doing youthful and cool things which I thought was a perfect fit for Noah," Uter said. "Together, we created a sharp look, while keeping it effortless at the same time. A light color and light fabric made sense."
Letitia Wright Shortened Her Dress Last Minute
The Black Panther breakout star "wanted a lighter, fresher look that still exuded excellence," her stylist Ade Samuel told PEOPLE of why they chose this Pamella Roland design for the actress's first Emmys appearance. However, the length wasn't quite right — and just before they hit the red carpet, Samuel shortened the dress. "We felt a shorter length spiced it up a bit, but still kept it chic and refreshing," explained the stylist.
Penélope Cruz's Gown Had 8,000 Embellishments
Chanel dressed the star of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story for her turn at the Emmys in a couture look that truly exemplified the artistic talent of the French fashion house. The gray silk tulle dress featured 8,000 embellishments on the bodice, such as organza flowers, iridescent beads and strands of feathers — a design that took 280 hours to make.