The 20 craziest Emmys outfits celebrities have worn on the red carpet

Heidi klum 2015Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesHeidi Klum’s 2015 dress had a lot of conflicting details.

The annual Primetime Emmy Awards show is the biggest night of the year for television — and it’s pretty important for fashion, too.

This year’s Emmy Awards took place on September 17, with stars showing off some stunning, as well as outlandish, ensembles on the red carpet.

In the past, tulle, cutouts, and extravagant details have made for some of the most unexpected outfits at the awards show.

From Barbara Streisand’s all-velvet look in 2004 to Sarah Paulson’s dress with puffy sleeves in 2017, we’ve rounded up some of the most unusual ensembles that we’ve seen at the Emmy Awards so far.

At the 2000 Emmy Awards, Sarah Jessica Parker wore her character Carrie Bradshaw's iconic ballerina gown from 'Sex and the City' with a matching bow on her arm.

Sarah Jessica Parker.

Parker paired the dress with understated strappy sandals, neutral makeup, and loose curls.

In the same year, Cher wore a pair of sequined ombre grey pants, a furry-looking white jacket, a white blouse, and silver accessories to the awards show.


Fashion was an eclectic mixed bag in the early aughts, and the singer certainly embodied that.

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.

The back of her dress -- which she matched with dangling gemstone earrings -- resembled a display of metallic tattoos.

In 2008, 'Desperate Housewives' star Eva Longoria arrived wearing a strapless fringed minidress. The top of the dress resembled an oversized tied bow.

Eva Longoria.

The minidress had silver, white, and pink tones. Longoria matched it with a pair of grey pointed-toe heels.

In 2009, 'The Young and the Restless' actress Victoria Rowell wore a dress covered in Ghanese symbols and pictures of President Barack Obama.

Victoria Rowell.

To call attention to her dress, Rowell kept her shoes, hair, makeup, and jewellery simple.

Also in 2009, Padma Lakshmi wore a purple gown featuring rope-like cold shoulder straps with a bouquet of faux red flowers fixed at her side.

Padma Lakshmi

Lakshmi, who is best known for her work on 'Top Chef,' also sported a pair of statement earrings and an elaborate updo.

In 2011, Alan Cumming wore a pair of floral red pants, a white dress shirt, and a black suit jacket. He tied the look together with a thick black cummerbund.

Alan Cumming.

The 'Good Wife' actor did not wear his signature thick-framed glasses to the awards show.

Ashley Judd of 'Missing' made a statement with her voluminous updo at the 2012 Emmy Awards. The actress' hairstyle distracted fans' attention from her outfit.

Ashley Judd.

Judd matched her shoes to the single silver detail on her lavender dress.

In 2014, Fred Armisen wore a Freddy Krueger-inspired outfit to the Emmy Awards featuring the iconic striped tie and claw hand.

Fred Armisen.

Armisen donned this costume to honour the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' creator Wes Craven, who passed away that year.

That same year, 'American Horror Story' actress Sarah Paulson wore a strapless gown that featured layers of mesh netting and miniature red pom-poms.

Sarah Paulson.

Although Paulson's hair, makeup, and accessories were expertly styled, her dress was a confusing amalgam of elements.

Lena Dunham arrived at the 2014 Emmy Awards wearing a high-collared light pink top with a tiered tulle skirt in gradient shades of pink.

Lena Dunham.

Dunham completed her outfit with dark eye makeup, pink lipstick, and unusually light blonde hair when compared to her typical dirty blonde tresses.

In 2015, Lady Gaga attended an Emmy Awards after-party wearing a strapless white gown with a pillow-like white shrug.

Lady Gaga

Gaga's gown, hair, and makeup have an elegant look, but the large shrug is a confusing addition.

At the same event, Heidi Klum wore a one-shoulder yellow dress made of mixed fabrics. The ensemble had lace, mesh, and fringe details.

Heidi Klum.

Although Klum kept her hair, makeup, and shoes simple, this outfit was still a disorganized mix of fabrics.

In 2016, Anna Chlumsky of 'Veep' wore a textured off-the-shoulder minidress with a cape.

Anna Chlumsky.

Chlumsky matched the dusty blush dress with a pair of mauve heels and simple diamond jewellery.

That same year, 'Downton Abbey' actress Laura Carmichael wore a pleated lavender skirt and a bright yellow crop top emblazoned with daisies.

Laura Carmichael.

Carmichael kept her hair and makeup simple to draw attention to her mismatched outfit.

'Modern Family' star Sarah Hyland wore a patterned peplum top with a long train over a pair of black trousers to the 2016 Emmy Awards.

Sarah Hyland.

The actress' ensemble resembled the popular '90s dress-over-jeans look.

At the 2017 awards show, Tracee Ellis Ross wore an attention-grabbing silver dress with sequins, puffy sleeves, a silver belt, and a feather skirt.

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Tracee Ellis Ross.

She wore white pointed-toe heels and dangling earrings with the confusing ensemble.

The same year, 'This Is Us' actor Chris Sullivan wore an eclectic outfit.

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Chris Sullivan and his wife, Rachel Reichard.

Between his checkered jacket, top hat, and glittery shoes, there's a lot going on, but we can't help but love it.

Also at the 2017 Emmys, 'Better Call Saul' actor Michael Mando mixed it up wearing a blue and grey checkered suit jacket with black pants.

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Michael Mando.

The colour combination didn't quite work.

At the same event, Sarah Paulson wore a straight-line, sequined Carolina Herrera dress with cutout details and puffy short sleeves.

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Sarah Paulson.

Without the sleeves, this dress would have been stunning.

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