20 Most Revealing Emmy Dresses
Blake Lively, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, more who had some skin in the game on TV's biggest night
Jennifer Aniston, 2003
''Jennifer was looking for something hot and sexy,'' Elizabeth Mason of L.A.'s Paper Bag Princess boutique said of the normally demure Aniston's decision to wear a cleavage-baring 1970s vintage Halston halter dress. Though then-husband Brad Pitt was away filming in Mexico, the Friends star had a cheeky way of keeping him close as she walked the red carpet. ''I actually have a picture of him... on my underwear,'' Aniston told People.
Blake Lively, 2009
This is what we in the industry call a game-changing fashion moment. When the Gossip Girl star stopped to strike a pose in her crimson Versace dress — which featured a dangerously low plunging neckline and back line, and a hip-high front slit — jaws dropped, heads turned, necks craned, and though she wasn't even nominated, her name was suddenly on everyone's lips.
Lucy Liu, 2000
Talk about barely-there. The Ally McBeal star walked a fine line between fashion and felony in this illusion gown from Versace.
Sofia Vergara, 2012
Vergara's Zuhair Murad gown showed off her va-va-voom curves, but not much skin... that is until the back split open during the ceremony resulting in the most epic wardrobe malfunction in Emmys history.
Joanie ''Chyna Doll'' Laurer, 1999
Though Chyna Doll's studded leather, um, lattice dress looked like something straight out of the Xena: Warrior Princess clothing collection, it did allow the pro wrestler plenty of opportunities to show off her massive muscles on the red carpet.
Angelina Jolie, 1998
Years before the right leg pose heard round the world, Jolie proved she already knew that in her case, showing just a little skin can go a long way. The double Emmy nominee — for her roles in Gia and George Wallace — wore a nude Randolph Duke that played tricks on the imagination, but revealed only the actress' bare shoulders and a veiled leg.
Halle Berry, 2005
Nominated for her role in the miniseries Their Eyes Were Watching God, Berry was the definition of effortlessly sexy in a front-slit sapphire strapless gown by Emanuel Ungaro.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 1995
''I went to Giorgio Armani, they put this on me, and I said, 'Fine, hem it and I'll get out of here,'' the Seinfeld star told reporters of her cut way-way-down-to-there dress on the red carpet. Minimal effort, maximum impact. Co-star Jason Alexander described the frock as Louis-Dreyfus' way of ''dispelling the 'I'm one of the guys' image forever.''
Eva Longoria, 2007
The Desperate Housewives star bucked the tradition of wearing a long gown to the ceremony, choosing instead to slip into a glittering rock crystal mini dress — with plunging back line — by Kaufmanfranco.
Christina Hendricks, 2011
Her cups runneth over! The Best Supporting Actress in a Drama nominee drove men to distraction when she poured her curves into a Johanna Johnson gown in 2011. ''Uh, lots of anticipation about your dress,'' stammered E!'s Ryan Seacrest as he attempted to interview the Mad Men star.
Cheryl Hines, 2006
The tattoo detail on Hines' back was actually beaded embroidery on the sheer fabric of her Georges Chakra gown, or what the FUG girls called formal back shenanigans.
Heidi Klum, 2010 and 2012
The Project Runway host is always looking for new ways to show skin. In 2010, her supermodel legs and bare shoulders were on display in a Marchesa micro-mini. Last year, she opted for the cleavage dip and double leg slits in Alexandre Vauthier.
Olivia Wilde, 2009
The sheer yoke of net on the bodice of Wilde's mint green chiffon Marchesa proved she had nothing to hide.
Gwyneth Paltrow 2011
Did Paltrow really dare to bare in her midriff-baring Emilio Pucci gown? ''My dress is a little see-through, I'm realizing,'' the actress said of her sheer ensemble when she talked to E!'s Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet.
Sharon Stone, 2004
Spaghetti straps, a peek-a-boo cutout, and a strategically-placed diamante clasp were the details that made Stone's lavender satin Elsie Katz Couture gown one to remember.
Kim Cattrall, 2003
Cattrall reportedly tried on 16 dresses before choosing to channel her Sex and the City character's style in a cut-out Giorgio Armani design.
Edie Falco, 2012
The Nurse Jackie star was a walking optical illusion — thanks to a clever mix of sheer panels and color-blocking — in a gown by Stella McCartney.
Felicity Huffman, 2007
''I was worried about my breasts popping out, but since I don't have any, it never was a problem,'' Huffman told People of her revealing fuchsia David Meister dress.
Alicia Silverstone, 2003
With its plunging neckline and high front slit, Silverstone knew her Rita Watnick-Lily et Cie Couture dress was a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. ''I have to be careful when I bend down,'' Silverstone told reporters of her decision not to use double-sided tape.
Lady Gaga, 2011
Making a surprise appearance at the 2011 International Emmys in New York City, Gaga was a walking peep show in a Stephane Rolland dress with a gaping slit that revealed her unicorn tattoo and thong underwear.