Stars Reminisce About Wearing 'Real Clothes' on the Red Carpet as They Share Emmy Awards Throwbacks

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will air virtually on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC

Demi Moore, Jessica Biel
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Brooke Shields

Television's biggest night of the year is here!

As stars get ready for the first-ever virtual Emmy Awards, many are remembering what awards nights were like before the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Ahead of the 2020 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards — which will air on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC — Brooke Shields, 55, reminisced on her 2008 red carpet look when she stunned in a gorgeous fuschia Badgley Mischka gown.

"Emmys Day 💗 Remember wearing heels and a dress? Me either...," she captioned the post on Instagram.

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Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara couldn't pick just one gown to look back on!

The Modern Family alum, 48, shared a video montage of all of her stunning Emmy red carpet moments over the years, set to Fergie's "Glamourous."

"Taking a walk down memory lane and feeling very grateful for these special memories ✨💞 #Emmys," she wrote alongside the video.

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Mindy Kaling

While Mindy Kaling loves the way she felt in all of her Emmy Awards night looks, she's excited to stick with leggings this year.

"Looking back at my Emmys looks over the years! Some hits, some misses, but I loved how I felt in them at the time and that's the most important," the actress, 41, shared on Instagram alongside a slideshow of some of her gowns.

"Tonight I'll happily be wearing leggings and a free T-shirt I got from my college outdoors club freshman year," she added.

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Demi Moore

Demi Moore, 57, served fans a bit of nostalgia, digging up a throwback photo of her and ex-husband Bruce Willis, 65, at their very first Emmy Awards together in 1987.

"1987 #Emmys... arriving in style," she captioned the post.

They tied the knot later that year in November 1987. However, they eventually separated in June 1998 and finalized their divorce in 2000.

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Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford and Jason Priestley were serving looks at the 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 30, 1992.

The model, 54, sported a black beret and silk layered bustier dress.

She shared a throwback photo with the Beverly Hills, 90210 star, 51, captioned, "90210 meets MTV! 🧑🏼‍🎨 Happy Emmy's Day 📺🏆."

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Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel shared the sweetest throwback with husband Justin Timberlake.

The actress, 38, could be seen leaning on the tuxedo-clad singer, 39, and holding his hand while attending the 2018 Emmy Awards.

"Once upon a time, a long LONG time ago… Mom and Dad put on some real clothes and stayed out past midnight #Emmys," she hilariously captioned the heartwarming photo.

The couple shares 5-year-old son, Silas Randall.

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Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross can't get enough of her 2016 Emmys look!

"Reminiscing about this @ralphlauren custom couture dream of a dress #emmys," the black-ish star, 47, shared on Saturday night.

The actress is nominated for the lead actress award for her performance on black-ish. She was previously nominated for the award in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra knows red is her color!

The Quantico star, 38, sent her well wishes to all of this year's nominees at the 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards while reminiscing on her 2016 scarlet Jason Wu dress.

"Good luck to all the nominees this evening! #throwback#Emmys ❤️" she captioned the post, sharing a slow-motion video of her twirling in the one-shoulder gown.

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Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks
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Rita Wilson recalled when one of her red carpet looks made Time Magazine's "Worst Dresses" list.

"Emmys. Walk down red carpet memory lane as I start with the dress that got on a Top Ten list!!! This was the dress that was on Time Magazines Annual Top Ten WORST dresses along with @ladygaga 's Meat Dress," she shared, including a photo of the crystal Prada dress.

"I loved it. So there. And so did Tom. Go ahead and make your snarky comments. We had a great time," Wilson, 63, added.

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Lisa Rinna

Lisa Rinna
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Lisa threw it back to the time she "used to host the red carpet for the TV Guide channel."

In the 2008 flashback, she shared that this Reem Acra one-shoulder column design was her "favorite dress."

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