Is it hot in here or what! Any time a major awards show hits Hollywood, we can always count on A-listers to pull out all the stops. While every star is beautiful in her custom creation or sweeping couture design, there is, without fail, a handful who seriously turn up the heat. We’re talking about strategically placed cutouts, thigh-high slits, sheer illusion panels, down-to-there necklines, and second-skin silhouettes that hug every single curve.
We took a look back and plucked all the sexiest looks from Emmys past. See who made the cut.
1. LADY GAGA, 2015
The musician and actress stunned in a Brandon Maxwell gown (her go-to designer) at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.
2. KERRY WASHINGTON, 2015
The Scandal star shone bright like a diamond in a fresh off the runway Marc Jacobs gown at the 2015 Emmys.
3. KIERNAN SHIPKA, 2015
Shipka looked gorgeous and totally chic in this dress over pants ensemble at the 2015 Emmys. “When I wore the Dior pants and dress-slash-top to the Emmys last year, it was such a ‘We’re doing this’ kind of moment. I really had fun and I loved the look.”
4. GWEN STEFANI, 2014
Gwen Stefani took the plunge at the 2014 Emmys in a glittery deep-plunge Versace creation with metal ladder bars running down the neckline.
5. CAMILA ALVES, 2014
Camila Alves scandalously revealed glimpses of skin in her sheer curve-hugging Zuhair Murad number. It didn’t hurt, either, that she had Matthew McConaughey (in Dolce & Gabbana) on her arm.
6. HEIDI KLUM, 2013
In a color her Project Runway co-host Tim Gunn dubbed “pomegranate,” Heidi Klum was utterly radiant in a curve-hugging Versace dress that boasted a sexy futuristic high-neck cut-out silhouette.
7. CLAIRE DANES, 2013
Homeland star Claire Danes took home an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, but it was her illusion-paneled plunging Armani Prive creation that had us all twittering.
8. SOFIA VERGARA, 2013
There’s a reason Sofia Vergara looked amazing-her red-hot Vera Wang gown was custom-made to fit and flatter her every curve. “Vera offered to make a dress for me, and of course I was very flattered,” the stunning actress told InStyle.com. “My hair is blonde this year, and I wanted a contrast. She was willing to do two very beautiful red dresses in different shades for me.”
9. KERRY WASHINGTON, 2012
Presenter Kerry Washington adored her iridescent blush Vivienne Westwood column but was especially enamored of her clutch. “I fell in love with this bag by Kotur,” she told InStyle.com. “Last night on Twitter, I decided this really cute lizard [on the clutch] needed a name.” She added jewelry by Fred Leighton to her playful look.
10. SOFÍA VERGARA, 2012
Nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category, Sofía Vergara chose a hand-beaded Zuhair Murad mermaid gown. Not one to shy away from flaunting her curves, the look featured a reverse halter neckline and open back. Vergara accessorized with over 175 carats of Neil Lane jewels from the Diamond Hollywood collection.
11. GWYNETH PALTROW, 2011
“My dress is a little see-through,” Emmy winner Gwyneth Paltrow said of her daring two-piece. Understatement of the year! The intricately-beaded Emilio Pucci design revealed the Glee guest star’s enviably flat middle.
12. NINA DOBREV, 2011
Vampire Diaries lead Nina Dobrev channeled Jessica Rabbit in a custom crimson Donna Karan gown with an origami-pleated trumpet hem.
13. BLAKE LIVELY, 2009
Gossip Girl bombshell Blake Lively made her Emmys debut in a lipstick-red Versace gown that was both low-dipping and high-cut.
14. OLIVIA WILDE, 2009
Olivia Wilde opted for a straight-from-the-runway gown from Marchesa, joking that many onlookers thought her dress was of the stick-on variety. “You gotta have respect for a designer that can create a dress that can stay on despite the lack of material,” the House actress told MTV.
15. KATHERINE HEIGL, 2006
Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl had a very Marilyn moment in a sparkling nude vintage gown from Escada.