15 Things You Didn't Know About the Emmys' Most Memorable Red Carpet Looks

Who wore the heaviest dress on the red carpet? Who wore a dress that was custom dyed to her exact preference? Who wore a vintage dress? Everything you wanted to know about the boldest looks from this year's Emmy Awards

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Tracee Ellis Ross
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There are more than 170,000 beaded flowers, mirrors and other embellishments on her couture look!

The Black-ish star may have effortlessly glided down the Emmys red carpet, but there was nothing effortless about this Chanel Haute Couture look. "This dress is so heavy you can't even believe it!" says her stylist Karla Welch. But Ross didn't care: "She loves fashion. She would wear a 100-lb. dress if she loved it." And the dress itself was a work of art: It featured intricate embroidery — 170,000 crystal flowers, silver mirrors and glass beads that took 1,300 hours to attach — and a skirt with hand-painted white feathers and tulle pompoms that took 80 hours to create by hand.

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The rope on the neckline of her dress is encrusted with more than 3,700 crystals!

Winner Nicole Kidman turned to Calvin Klein by Appointment for her one-of-a-kind look — and it was quite a Fashion Moment (right down to her mismatched shoes). The red tea-length design featured 24 yards of silk made from 34 panels. The layers on the interior also make up a 108-foot-long hem! But the most interesting part of her look is actually the sparkle, from the rope on her neckline that features over 3,700 crystals to the $2 million worth of Harry Winston jewelry she wore to top it all off.

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The star's look has 'art history nerd' influences!

Stylist Thomas Christos Kikis sourced this Zuhair Murad design for the star as soon as he reviewed the designer's collection. "It felt right for the occasion and memorable, without being trend-specific," he tells PEOPLE of the look, which he says was inspired by Italy and the baroque era. "I'm a bit of an art history nerd," he adds, noting that he pulls references from @fashofthetitans and @artgarments on Instagram.

Plus, the look perfectly represents Union because it's "romantic, has some drama and the fabric allows for her to showcase all of her hard work in the gym!" But his favorite part was the beaded capelet: "It's something we haven't done before and her hair plays off it."

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This dress is a custom color, dyed just for the Emmys!

When Prabal Gurung approached Elisabeth Moss and her stylist Karla Welch to create a dress for the Emmys, they wanted to be clear about one thing: "We wanted it to feel modern and amazing, and so we did not want to wear a floor-length gown," Welch tells PEOPLE. Instead, they went for this tea-length design, and went through several versions of pale pink before settling on this custom hue. "It's such a feminine color," adds Welch. "It didn't feel too 'baby'." Welch finished the look with a matching Christian Louboutin clutch, Olgana Paris shoes and custom Forevermark earrings made with nearly nine carats of diamonds. "We just wanted eff you diamonds," jokes Welch. (They also literally went for "eff you" shoes, as Welch showed on her Instagram.)

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Her custom jewels are worth over $2.4 million, and flew in from Italy just in time for the final fitting.

The Grace & Frankie star went big with her jewels, opting for over $2.4 million worth of one-of-a-kind emerald and diamond pieces by Gismondi 1754. It took over 600 hours and 10 master artisans to create the jewels, which were put together in Italy, and flown to L.A. just hours before the red carpet. Plus, the necklace was originally supposed to be worn in the front, but Fonda's stylist Tanya Gill worked with the jeweler to redesign it so it flowed down the back of her hot pink Brandon Maxwell gown. "With this dress, my vision was always emeralds," Gill tells PEOPLE, adding that the entire look was "modern, fun, and strong in color and silhouette. It fits uniquely to Jane's personality—and the hair and makeup gave her a new look."

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Oprah's wearing a strapless bustier under that pantsuit!

The superstar turned to Elizabeth Kennedy to create this three-piece ensemble, a one-of-a-kind look made specifically for her. The house sketched this design — a crepe pantsuit featuring black satin trimming and a strapless crepe satin bustier — and Winfrey loved it! She accessorized with a David Webb ring and V Collection earrings set with emeralds, diamonds and black enamel.

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Her gown took 40 hours to make by hand!

Sachin & Babi designed this stunning look worn by the Veep nominee, which featured fish-scale sequins and microbeading on the bodice. The whole thing took 40 hours to create — by hand.

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She's wearing over $3 million worth of diamonds!

The star complemented her tangerine Zac Posen gown with tons of over 115 carats of Harry Winston sparkle, including 30-carat yellow diamond drop earrings, an 82-carat diamond bracelet and a 6.62-carat diamond ring. The total cost of her precious gems? Over $3 million!

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69th Primetime Emmy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2017
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She was going for "modern day princess" - complete with custom jewels!

Moore's stylist Erica Cloud had been scouring the new spring 2018 collections to find just the right look for the This Is Us star and found it in this Carolina Herrera gown. "We knew it the moment we tried it on," Cloud tells PEOPLE. "She looked and felt like a movie star. It reminded me of a dress Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly would wear today. We hadn't done a full-on gown like this before or strapless so it felt like the right moment to do so." She complemented the look with custom pink jewels by Jennifer Meyer, and the total ensemble represented Moore perfectly, says Cloud. "She's both a girly girl but also super modern. This gown is both those things!"

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She found her new gown on Instagram!

"We love a shoulder and we love a little sparkle!" says Sarah Paulson's stylist Karla Welch. When hunting for an Emmys look, the duo "realized we couldn't top what we did last year with the Prada," [at left], but they immediately fell for this fresh-off-the-spring-2018-runway Carolina Herrera look. They spotted it first on Eva Chen's Instagram story, then "we saw if we could get it, and it came in and it was great!" Welch topped off the look with Art Deco earrings by Lorraine Schwartz, custom dyed Stuart Weitzman heels and a Lee Savage metallic clutch. And unlike Tracee Ellis Ross' silver look, this one is deceptively light, says Welch. "They're actually super thin little bendable sequins. It's so incredible — and not heavy at all."

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Millie Bobby Brown
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Her dress is made with approximately 170 yards of silk tulle!

It takes a lot of fabric to make a dress shaped like this — approximately 170 yards of silk tulle, to be exact. Calvin Klein by Appointment created the look, which featured a tutu-like skirt built from 15 different panels. Each panel was cut four times and layered with horsehair to get just the right fullness.

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69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
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Her dress is vintage from the '50s!

For this look, Hahn and her stylist Karla Welch turned to the past. They sourced this Courreges strapless dotted gown from the 1950s at Shrimpton Couture, a Canadian vintage site. Why vintage? "I think you can get very special dresses that are very unique and unusual," says Welch. "We just thought it was incredibly beautiful dress." Even better, it was the third look they tried on!

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Shailene didn't try this gown on until the night before the Emmys!

Because Woodley has been on a boat for several weeks shooting a movie, the star hasn't exactly had a free moment to go into an Emmys fitting. So her stylist, Ilaria Urbanati, had to get creative: "I asked Ralph Lauren to make her a custom gown to her measurements, and then we just sort of held our breath, crossed our fingers, and hoped for the best," she tells PEOPLE of the green velvet design. "Luckily, it just happened to be basically perfect on her with some minor adjustments." And Urbanati picked the look because "it's so Shai." How? "It's simple and understated but still elegant and special and has just a little edge with the black straps." She finished the look with Alexis Bittar jewelry.

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She tested it three times before the red carpet to make sure she wasn't overexposed!

The Silicon Valley star may have left jaws on the floor when she showed up in this sparkly, sheer Michael Cinco design, but her stylist Jessica Paster made 100 percent sure there were no wardrobe malfunctions. "We tried it outside three times with different lighting throughout the day," she tells PEOPLE. "We also tried different underwear on her." And it was worth all the work, says Paster: "Amanda knew from the minute she tried it on that it was the one."

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The star bought her Gucci dress — for $3,500!

The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star's look wasn't runway to red carpet, it was retail to red carpet! She said she bought her Gucci look, featuring an embroidered bodice and soft jersey skirt, "because Gucci is not lending me a dress." The look is currently in stores, retailing for $3,500 at Saks Fifth Avenue. "I love it," she continued. "I can resell it. I said in an interview before it is hard to get places to lend to me because I am not a size zero, but also I can afford it, so it's okay."

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