If the Oscars are the equivalent of prom, The Emmys are like morp — the domain for the class clowns and drama dorks who have a true knack for theatrics, but (for better or worse) less pressure on them to make a good portrait. For those reasons, The Emmys bring out the weirder side of award-season fashion, and you'll typically see more daring red carpet looks (which, for anyone familiar with the red carpet, are more like slight deviations in hem length and — gasp! — color).
And, though there tend to be declarations of "this is new, really!" each season, we actually did notice a sea change in the cast of nominees. With the world of TV expanding in both directions (bringing in silver-screen actresses like Julia Roberts while expanding into new delivery systems and indie originals like Orange is the New Black), the diversity of starlets has expanded, making for much more interesting red carpet moments with a broadened list of dress shapes and designers represented — from newbies like Rosie Assoulin to heavyweights like Armani.
Click through for 27 looks from the actresses who really brought it on Emmy night.