The 72nd annual Emmy Awards were on Sunday, and while the occasion would normally have meant television’s finest together in one room — more specifically, the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles — this year, the first big award show of the season looked a little different. For starters, Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Emmys from a stage surrounded by empty seats. Meanwhile, people in hazmat suits that looked like tuxes brought winners their Emmys. As for the Emmys red carpet, there, unfortunately, wasn't one. (That is, except for Tracee Ellis Ross' solo carpet.)
In lieu of photographers greeting the stars of Euphoria, Little Fires Everywhere, Succession, Watchmen, and more on the red carpet this year, we saw them at home. And with the informal dress code — “come as you are, but make an effort,” Variety reported — we saw as many celebrities in luxe pajamas as formal gowns. With the latter in mind, we took a trip down memory lane — back to SJP’s feathered Oscar de la Renta from 2000 — instead.
Over the last two decades, celebrations of television shows — ranging from Friends, Will & Grace, and Sex and the City in the ‘90s and ‘00s to Mad Men, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and Game of Thrones from the 2010s — have resulted in some of Hollywood’s greatest red carpet fashion. Of the many winning Emmy red carpet looks, there was Jennifer Aniston’s white, strapless Chanel from 2004, Blake Lively’s red Versace from 2009, Kerry Washington’s orange Prada from 2014, and, of course, Zendaya’s show-stopping green custom Vera Wang from 2019.
So while, yes, this year’s Emmys red carpet looked nothing like the 72 before it — or like any awards ceremony at all really — that didn't mean we didn't still divulge in a night of epic red carpet fashion on Sunday, be it from Instagram in 2020 or from Emmys past. Click through our list of the best Emmys looks of all time (or at least the last 20 years) ahead.