The best – and worst – dressed stars at the Emmys 2022: From Zendaya to RuPaul

Sarah Paulson, Zendaya and RuPaul at the Emmys.

The Emmys red carpet had some clear winners.

It was a night that saw history being made and several icons finally getting their flowers.

During the three-hour Emmy Awards, Zendaya became the youngest double-winner, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Jennifer Coolidge won their first Emmys at 66 and 61 respectively, and Lizzo found herself half-way to an EGOT.

But enough about the awards – lets talk about the fashions.

There were winners, there were losers, there were jaw-dropping moments and a couple of head-scratchers. Here’s our pick of the best and worst dressed of the Emmys.


Zendaya in a black down with sweeping, full skirt, smiling on the gold carpet

Zendaya on the Emmy Awards red carpet. (Getty)

Like Rihanna and the Met Gala, Zendaya is fast becoming the indisputable queen of the Emmys red carpet.

The Euphoria star wore a dramatic black Valentino gown, with bow belt and pockets, that was dripping with old Hollywood glamour.

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor walking down the gold carpet

Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor at the Emmys. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty)

American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson walked the Emmys red carpet in a custom two-piece Louis Vuitton look – a square cropped top and a ruched skirt with peplum waist.

It was already a serve, but arriving with partner Holland Taylor on her arm made it a moment.

The pair were spotted mouthing “you look beautiful” to each other, and Paulson beamed to reporters: “I’m here with Holland, my partner, whom I love.”


RuPaul and Juliette Lewis on stage at the Emmys

RuPaul (R) and Juliette Lewis present the award for Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series onstage during the 74th Emmy Awards. (Getty)

RuPaul in drag? Glamour, elegance, oppulence. RuPaul out of drag? Well, we’re sure it takes a lot of fracking money to look that cheap.

Laverne Cox

Laverne in a short black dress with cone bra and exaggerated hips, with silver lines exaggerating its contours

Laverne Cox attends the 74th Primetime Emmys. (Frazer Harrison/Getty)

Laverne paid homage to Madonna, wearing a dress from Olivier Rousteing’s Jean Paul Gaultier couture collection. One of one, number one, the only one. No notes.


Lizzo in a large, tulle red dress, hand raised in the air

Lizzo accepts her Emmy. (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Lizzo won her first Emmy, made a serious bid for best dressed of the night, and possibly made herstory as the first person to twerk in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture.

Colman Domingo

Colman in a silver jacquard suit with a sheer crew neck top, standing on a gold carpet against a blue backdrop

Colman Domingo at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards. (Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty)

Effort: 10/10. Execution: 3/10

Murray Bartlett

Murray in a black suit and white shirt, stood against a blue wall on a gold carpet

Murray Bartlett attends the 74th Primetime Emmys. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Hardly ambitious, but he sure scrubs up well.

Sandra Oh

Sandra in a glittering purple jumpsuit

Sandra Oh at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards. (Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty)

Sandra Oh? In a purple sequinned, caped jumpsuit (by Rodarte)? On the Emmys red carpet? It’s the stuff queer dreams are made of.

Sydney Sweeney

Sydney in a floral dress with a bustle at the back, against a blue wall on a gold carpeet

Sydney Sweeney at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards. (Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty)

As a wise old drag queen once said, meh.

Quinta Brunson

Quinta holding her Emmy aloft, wearing a metallic brown dress with embelissed embellished

Quinta Brunson, winner of Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Abbott Elementary. (Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty)

The star and creator of Abbott Elementary made her Emmys red carpet debut in Dolce & Gabbana, which is a shame. But there’s no denying she looks gorgeous, problematic designers aside.