Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of the SAG Awards' Most Major Dresses

From Bryce Dallas Howard's surprisingly affordable gown to Viola Davis's bubble wrap wrinkle hack, all the secrets of the SAGs buzziest looks

01 of 08

BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD

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You Can Buy Her Dress Right Now!

The Black Mirror actress loves to shop at department stores for her red carpet looks, and this berry-colored, sequin Dress the Population gown is just $308 at Bloomingdales. That's less than some of us paid for our prom dresses. Go Bryce!

02 of 08

KERRY WASHINGTON

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There's a Lot Going on in Those Dresses

It takes a lot of work to look this effortless! The Scandal star's tailor, Isa, posted a shot of what she calls "beautiful dress guts": some super-intricate boning in the bodice of Washington's Cavalli Couture gown.

03 of 08

NAOMIE HARRIS

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That's Not a Jumpsuit

"There's something refreshing about wearing pants on the red carpet when everyone else is in a dress," Harris's stylist Nola Singer says. "We tailored this Lanvin top and pants to fit like a jumpsuit: The waist was much lower on the runway, and we didn't wear it with the gold belt—we felt that seeing the black satin was a little more formal for the event."

04 of 08

VIOLA DAVIS

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Combating Wrinkles Takes Some Creativity

We discovered the fabric wrinkled quite easily," Davis's stylist Elizabeth Stewart says. "And I became obsessed with finding a solution; I ended up wrapping Viola in bubble wrap for the car ride!"

05 of 08

EMILY BLUNT & JOHN KRASINSKI

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Couples' Coordination Is Way Cooler When It's Not a Matching Tie

Stylist Jessica Paster says that the intricate details on Blunt's beaded Cavalli Couture influenced her husband's suit choice. "If you notice, the little beaded flowers are many colors... they’re pink, they’re blue, they’re nude," says stylist Jessica Paster. "And that’s why I put John in the midnight blue Prada suit: to bring out the blue in Emily's dress."

06 of 08

SOPHIA BUSH

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The Secret Garden Isn't Just a Book Title

"There are small, silk rosettes with gray beaded leaves under the fold on the hip," says Bush's stylist Erica Cloud of this "magnetic magenta" Marchesa gown. The fold itself is another nod to foliage; says Cloud, "The way the fabric lays around the rosette is reminiscent of petals."

07 of 08

ELLIE KEMPER

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Ellie Reps the Lou

Designer Emily Brady Koplar of Wai Ming has known Kemper from back home in St. Louis since high school, and offered up more than a dozen options for the color of Kemper's velvet gown. "I had four different shades of blue, I had all the greens. I had a good 12 swatches," her stylist Jessica Paster says. "But the minute I put this on out in the light, I knew it would work with her red hair and fair skin."

08 of 08

JULIE BOWEN

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It Was the Star's First Time Going Sheer

"We have never ventured into sheerness before," says the Modern Family star's stylist Tara Swennen of this J. Mendel gown. On the runway, the hand-beaded bodice was shown fully unlined, but for Bowen, "We just lined the bits and bobs!"

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