×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Emmys Fashion Flashback: Joanne Froggatt Gained Confidence Through Colorful Couture

After scoring three Emmy noms for playing lady’s maid Anna Bates on “Downton Abbey,” English actress Joanne Froggatt assumed the challenging role of serial killer Mary Ann Cotton in miniseries “Dark Angel.” “To try and understand the thought process of a woman who did such horrific things was hugely interesting,” says Froggatt, who’s grown more adventurous on the red carpet as well. “Working with a stylist has helped me to try other options and have the confidence to do something different.”

2011 
Froggatt’s most memorable Emmy experience was her first. “Michelle Dockery and I went together when [‘Downton’] was nominated in its first year,” she recalls. “We flew ourselves out to L.A. and stayed with her aunt. We had a ball!” Dolce & Gabbana lent her this strapless dress. “I don’t think I had a style ‘direction’ at the time. I just found a dress that fit, that was appropriate, and that I liked.” Looking back, she considers it a safe choice. “I think I’d be a little more adventurous now and possibly go for one of their more colorful designs,” she says.

2012 
“I remember the previous year, Michelle and I were discussing what it must feel like to be personally nominated. In 2012, we both got to find out!” Froggatt credits British stylist Kerry Nixon for this “softer, more feminine” Vivienne Westwood look, in a light color. “I now knew how hot it was on the red carpet in L.A.!” She ended up buying her Jimmy Choo bag and shoes. “I also wore them for my wedding to my husband, James, which was about three weeks [later]. It was a fairy-tale month!”

2014
Froggatt’s successful first fitting with U.S. stylist Brad Goreski immediately led to her Emmy look this year. “This was the first dress I tried on and we all loved it straight away,” she says. “I loved the shape, the color, the material, the detailing, everything.” The ethereal J. Mendel design also proved practical. “It was so light and summery and I felt great in it,” she says.

2015
The light color, train, and material of this second J. Mendel number sold Froggatt. “It does make me giggle, looking at this picture though, because I was so ill on the day,” she recalls. “I had been filming such long hours [for ‘Dark Angel’] and I’d just found out I had tonsillitis, so I felt rubbish.”

2016
“I tend to stay away from black now, as my character Anna in ‘Downton’ was constantly in a black dress, but every now and again one comes along that I can’t say no to!” says Froggatt, who loved this classic, understated Stella McCartney design. “I wasn’t personally nominated this year, but I really wanted to be there to support [‘Downton’s’ final nomination], so I chose a dress that I felt reflected that.”

More TV

  • R. Kelly

    R. Kelly Accusers Detail Abuse, Reveal Evidence on 'Dateline'

    The continuing controversy surrounding R. Kelly, including allegations of sexual abuse by a number of women over three decades, was the focus of Friday’s episode of “Dateline.” Speaking to accusers Sparkle, Jerhonda Pace and parents Tim and Jonjelyn Savage, among others, NBC’s Andrea Canning heard more harrowing tales of abduction and sexual misconduct on the part [...]

  • Kenan Thompson

    NBC Orders Comedy Pilots 'Saving Kenan' and 'Like Magic'

    NBC has ordered comedies “Saving Kenan” and “Like Magic” to pilot. “Saving Kenan” is a single-camera comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” veteran Kenan Thompson as a “newly widowed dad determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives.” Related Rachel Brosnahan on Emmy Win and [...]

  • The First -- "The Choice" -

    'The First' Canceled at Hulu After One Season

    Hulu has grounded the space exploration drama “The First” after one season, Variety has confirmed. The series hailed from Beau Willimon and starred Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone in Penn’s first regular television role. “The First” was set in the near future and followed the first human mission to Mars. Hulu gave the show a straight-to-series order in [...]

  • The Beatles Eight Days a Week

    Imagine's Documentary Arm Sets First-Look Pact With Apple (EXCLUSIVE)

    Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries has set a first-look pact with Apple to develop non-fiction features and series. The deal comes as Imagine is investing heavily in the premium non-fiction arena. The company in June recruited RadicalMedia veteran Justin Wilkes to head Imagine Documentaries as president. Related Rachel Brosnahan on Emmy Win and [...]

  • Fyre Festival Documentaries: The 10 Most

    Fyre Festival Documentaries: The 10 Most Outrageous Moments

    It is perhaps only fitting that two documentaries about the disastrous Fyre Festival, one of the most high-profile fraudulent failures in history, would arrive during the same week — a fitting cap on a tragicomedy of errors that, as both films outline in excruciating detail, unfolded like a slow-motion plane crash in the spring of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content