Actresses can never resist the allure of old Hollywood glamour when they parade onto the red carpet, but for Sunday’s Emmys, the ghosts of frocks past haunted the proceedings. Those who decided to go contemporary — this means you, January Jones and Nicole Kidman — looked out of place at the retro costume party. “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks, who looked like a latter-day Marilyn Monroe, confessed that she was under the spell of old Hollywood when she choose the Christian Siriano dress that clung to her curves. “The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies also said she was attempting a retro look, but was slightly less successful in a Giambattista Valli gown that looked like a 1950s bedspread.
Despite an odd lady pompadour, Ashley Judd also attempted time travel in a Carolina Herrera raspberry gown constructed of duchess silk. “Veep” star Anna Chlumsky and “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey both opted for vintage feminine lace. It wasn’t only 1940s and 1950s Hollywood that walked the carpet. Connie Britton of “Nashville” recalled the ’60s in a sparkly gunpowder gray gown — and a teased coiffure to match.