The Best Dressed People at the Emmys Were the Least Famous

Kerry Washington and Lady Gaga notwithstanding.
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Kerry Washington and Lady Gaga notwithstanding.
From left to right: Joanna Newsom, Maisie Williams, Teyonah Parris, and Jaimie Alexander. Photos: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Larry Busacca/Getty Images, Mark Davis/Getty Images, and Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

From left to right: Joanna Newsom, Maisie Williams, Teyonah Parris, and Jaimie Alexander. Photos: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Larry Busacca/Getty Images, Mark Davis/Getty Images, and Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The higher the profile, the easier it can be for an actress — and her stylist — to secure the most coveted designer gowns for red carpet events. Case in point: Kerry Washington (who, of course, has a reputation for being a perennial best dressed fixture) wore an embroidered, metallic dot lace Marc Jacobs dress with a degrade silver and gold sequin scalloped hem to Sunday night's Emmy Awards that was first seen on the runway — a mere three days ago. Undeniably two of the evening's notables, Taraji P. Henson also stood out in custom Alexander Wang, while Elisabeth Moss shined in a bubblegum pink Oscar de la Renta gown.

Most of the other A-list television stars, however, played it extremely safe. There was a lot of black; there were a lot of fishtails; and yet, a crop of under-the-radar or up-and-coming actors (or musicians, in Joanna Newsom's case, who attended as wife of host Andy Samberg) embraced the occasion to opt for more unconventional and memorable looks. Take actress Teyonah Parris — with supporting roles in "Mad Men" and "Dear White People" to her name — who wore a fantastic, black and white polka dot gown which marked the red carpet debut of designer Francesca Miranda. We're certain we'll be seeing much more of Parris on the red carpet in the future. 

Our top looks from tonight's Emmys feature some stars you already know and love — such as Lady Gaga as the personification of sleekness in a Brandon Maxwell creation — and some whose faces who you might not necessarily recognize — such as Jaimie Alexander in otherworldly Armani Privé and Maisie Williams in a perfectly age-appropriate pink frock (with pockets!) and pom-pom heels. 

See below for our favorite looks, in no particular order:

Teyonah Parris in Francesca Miranda. Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images

Teyonah Parris in Francesca Miranda. Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images

Kerry Washington in a Marc Jacobs spring 2016 metallic embellished dress. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for TNT LA

Kerry Washington in a Marc Jacobs spring 2016 metallic embellished dress. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for TNT LA

Jaimie Alexander in Armani Privé. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Jaimie Alexander in Armani Privé. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Musician Joanna Newsom in Delpozo. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Musician Joanna Newsom in Delpozo. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell's debut spring 2016 collection. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for TNT LA

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell's debut spring 2016 collection. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for TNT LA

Taraji P. Henson in custom Alexander Wang. Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

Taraji P. Henson in custom Alexander Wang. Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

Elisabeth Moss in Oscar de la Renta. Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

Elisabeth Moss in Oscar de la Renta. Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

Maisie Williams in Ermanno Scervino. Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Maisie Williams in Ermanno Scervino. Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Claire Danes in Prada. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Claire Danes in Prada. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images