The most daring outfits celebrities have worn to the Emmys

The most daring outfits celebrities have worn to the Emmys
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A composite image of Naomi Grossman, Lucy Liu, and Jonathan Van Ness at the Emmys.
  • "Naked" dresses have been a popular trend on the Emmys red carpet.

  • Celebrities have worn gowns with daring cutouts, plunging necklines, and sheer panels.

  • This year, Billy Porter, Michaela Coel, and Emma Corrin all wore bold looks on the Emmy red carpet.

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In 1985, Diahann Carroll of "Dynasty" wore a black dress with a silver jewel trim and straps.

Diahann Carroll wears a low-cut black dress with silver trim at the Emmys in 1985.
Diahann Carroll. Nick UT/AP Photo

Carroll added to the old Hollywood vibe of her outfit by wearing heavy eye makeup, red lipstick, and statement earrings.

Rosie O'Donnell challenged red carpet fashion norms when she wore this leopard-print jacket and shawl combo to the 1992 Emmys.

Rosie O'Donnell dressed in cheetah print and red blanket
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The comedian paired the animal print with black pants, a red shawl, and sunglasses.

Angelina Jolie wore a nude-colored dress to the 1998 Emmy Awards.

Angelina Jolie at the 1998 Emmys wearing a nude color gown on the red carpet
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The daring gown had a high slit and an off-the-shoulder strap that revealed a glittery bra.

In 1999, Chyna leaned into her professional wrestling costumes and showed up in a leather ensemble.

Chyna wearing a black leather look at the 1999 emmy awards
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The top had several cutouts, and the skirt was equally revealing.

In 2000, Lucy Liu wore a sheer, strapless Versace gown to the Emmys.

Lucy Liu wears a green partially sheer gown at the Emmys in 2000.
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The "Ally McBeal" actress completed the ensemble with a pair of peep-toe heels, minimal jewelry, a silver clutch, and large curls.

Kim Cattrall wore a Giorgio Armani gown with a revealing cutout to the 2003 awards show.

Kim Cattrall in beige gown with hip exposed at 2003 emmys
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The "Sex and the City" actress' gown was also strapless and paired with a handheld purse.

That same year, Janel Mahoney dared to push fashion norms with this scrappy dress.

Janel Mahoney wearing sheer, loose fabric at the 2003 emmy awards
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The pieces of loose, sheer fabric were unlike anything on the red carpet that year.

Amber Tamblyn wore a maroon mermaid-style dress that featured daring slit-like cutouts to the Emmys in 2004.

Amber Tamblyn wears a maroon dress at the Emmys in 2004.
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Tamblyn, who was nominated for her role in "Joan of Arcadia," finished her Randolph Duke outfit with magenta lipstick and diamond jewelry.

Sharon Stone turned up at the Emmys that year wearing a cut-out silk dress.

Sharon Stone wearing a purple gown with cut outs at the 2004 emmys
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The purple dress revealed the actress' belly button.

In 2005, Halle Berry wore a blue, flowing Emanuel Ungaro gown with a high slit.

Halle Berry at the 2005 emmys wearing a blue gown with a high slit on the red carpet
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The actress' gown was strapless with a sweetheart neckline. She paired it with hoop earrings, bracelets, and a clutch.

Screenwriter Tess Smith wore a very daring gown to the 2005 Emmys.

Tess Smith in a yellow dress that shows a lot of skin at the 2005 emmy awards
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"One swift gust of wind and this former Playboy model and screenwriter would have exposed much more than her brash belly ring at the 2005 Emmys," E! News wrote in 2015.

Cheryl Hines of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" wore a ruched purple gown with a sheer back covered in jewel details to the 2006 awards show.

Cheryl Hines at the Emmys in a purple dress in 2006.
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The back of her dress — which she matched with dangling gemstone earrings — resembled a display of metallic tattoos.

In 2020, the actress reflected on how the Georges Chakra dress earned her a spot on "best dressed" and "worst dressed" lists in 2006.

"It reminded some people of an ice-skating costume. They had strong feelings about it," she told People.

The following year, Eva Longoria chose a KaufmanFranco mini-dress with a revealing back.

Eva Longoria wearing a bedazzled mini dress at the 2007 emmy awards
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The "Desperate Housewives" star curled her short hair to match her bedazzled dress.

In 2008, Jane Krakowski also wore a nearly completely backless dress.

Jane Krakowski wearing a black dress with an exposed back to the 2008 emmys
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The "30 Rock" comedian paired the Versace dress with dangling earrings.

Although mini-dresses aren't common at the Emmys, that didn't stop Heidi Klum from wearing one in 2010.

Heidi Klum in mini black dress at the 2010 emmy awards
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Klum, then a host on "Project Runway," paired the mini with a statement necklace and black heels.

Gwyneth Paltrow wore a black mesh Emilio Pucci two-piece dress in 2011.

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2011 Emmys in a black mesh dress.
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She accessorized the midriff-baring gown with black and white bangles.

In 2015, Allison Janney wore an off-the-shoulder, semi-sheer black La Bourjoisie gown with ornate cutout details along the sides.

allison janney at the 2015 Emmys
Allison Janney at the Emmys in 2015. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

The actress, who won the award for best supporting actress in a comedy series for her role on "Mom," upped her vampy aesthetic with delicate waves, dark eye makeup, and a stack of silver bracelets.

The same year, Laverne Cox wore an elegant teal gown that also featured small cutouts on the side.

Lavern Cox wears a turquoise dress with cutouts at the 2015 Emmys.
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The "Orange Is the New Black" star finished her outfit with a smoky eye, brown lipstick, and a diamond bracelet.

At the same event, Heidi Klum wore a one-shoulder yellow Versace dress made of mixed fabrics.

Heidi Klum in a yellow dress at the Emmys in 2015.
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The ensemble had lace, mesh, and fringe details.

Naomi Grossman's Jun Escario dress in 2015 featured modern art-inspired sheer panels.

Naomi Grossman wears a sheer dress at the 2015 Emmys.
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The "American Horror Story" actress leaned into the "naked dress" trend and accessorized with statement earrings.

Julianne Hough's Marchesa dress at the 2015 Emmys featured a strappy bodice and a sheer skirt.

Julianne Hough at the 2015 Emmys in a black partially sheer dress.
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She wore a black ribbon headband that matched the bodice of the dress.

Tracee Ellis Ross of "Black-ish" wore a beautiful one-shoulder gown with oversized earrings to the Emmy Awards in 2016.

Tracee Ellis Ross wears a white dress at the 2016 Emmys.
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Ross' gown featured a cutout on one side and a leg-exposing slit. She finished the outfit with a pair of white pointed-toe heels.

Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black" wore a red Alexander Wang gown with cutouts to the 2016 Emmy Awards.

Tatiana Maslany wears a red dress at the Emmys in 2016.
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Maslany completed this polished look with a pair of dangling diamond earrings and an updo.

Ariel Winter wore a dress with two thigh-high slits to the 2017 Emmy Awards.

ariel winter emmys 2017
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The actress wore a beaded black-and-silver gown that had a sheer skirt layered underneath. She accessorized with a pair of ankle-strap heels, Hearts on Fire diamond rings, and a Borgioni diamond ear cuff.

Leslie Jones posed on the red carpet in Christian Siriano at the 2017 Emmys.

Leslie Jones wears a black dress at the Emmys in 2017.
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The glittering black dress featured a thigh-high slit, a sheer illusion neckline, and a see-through skirt.

In 2018, Sandra Oh wore a red velvet and beaded gown with a deep V neckline.

sandra oh emmys 2018
Sandra Oh. Steve Granitz/WireImage

The actress made history that year when she became the first woman of Asian descent to land a nomination for outstanding lead actress in a drama for her role as Eve Polastri in the hit BBC series "Killing Eve."

"Queer Eye" star Jonathan Van Ness rocked the barely there trend at the Creative Arts Emmys in 2018.

Jonathan Van Ness wears a dress with a sheer top at the Emmys in 2018.
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He wore a see-through, mesh top with a floor-length skirt.

That same year, Gina Rodriguez stunned in Naeem Khan.

Gina Rodriguez in a red dress with a plunging neckline at the 2018 Emmys.
Gina Rodriguez. Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images

Her bedazzled red gown featured a daring neckline.

Emilia Clarke looked stunning in this navy-blue gown with a plunging neckline at the 2019 Emmys.

Emilia Clarke at the 2019 Emmys.
Emilia Clarke. Steve Granitz/WireImage

Clarke chose to wear a Valentino design for the awards show.

Zendaya wore one of her most sultry looks to date at the Emmys in 2019.

Zendaya attends the 2019 Emmys in a green corset dress.
Zendaya. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Her green Vera Wang gown had a sheer, strapless bodice, and a silk, floor-length skirt with a slit. She also wore matching green heels and a cuff-style bracelet.

This year, Emma Corrin turned heads with this daring getup.

Emma Corrin wears a yellow dress on the Emmys red carpet.
Emma Corrin. Gareth Cattermole / Staff / Getty Images

Corrin's shapeless Miu Miu was paired with long-sleeve gloves, a cap, and long fingernails.

Michaela Coel wore a bold and revealing gown to the 2021 Emmys.

Michaela Coel attends the 2021 Emmys.
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The actress accepted the writing award for a limited series for "I May Detroy You" in this Christopher John Rogers dress.

Billy Porter posed like a bird in his unique outfit on the 2021 red carpet.

Porter wore pants and a top, but it was his wing-like sleeves that got the most attention. He even paired the look with a whopping $1 million in jewelry.

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