Anya Taylor Joy in Dior at the 2021 Emmys: one of the best looks of the night?

Anya Taylor-Joy modeled for years before she made it as an actress, and she also has a natural theatricality which is great for red carpets. Meaning, she knows how to wear clothes, she knows how to make a big fashion impact, and she likes being the star of the red carpet. So it was at the Emmys, where Anya was nominated for The Queen’s Gambit. She lost the Emmy but won the red carpet in this Dior.

If I’m being honest, I think the Dior could actually be a lot better. The fit seems “off,” especially in the bust. I don’t like the darting around her boobs. And I wish the dress had been that electric banana color as opposed to the wrap/cape. The dress is too flesh-toned for Anya’s pale skin. But other than that, yeah… easily one of the best dressed of the Emmys.

While Anya didn’t win, The Queen’s Gambit’s writer/director Scott Frank did win. Frank has been in and around the industry for more than 30 years, and he decided to make a giant ass out of himself when he won the Emmy for Best Directing. His speech was so long and so tedious, and everyone was mocking him and his privilege on social media. I can’t believe he stood there and refused to wrap it up in a timely fashion.

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  1. Monica says:

    I think the dress is kinda cool, but it is an actual banana outfit—bright yellow outside, pale yellow inside! 🍌🍌🍌

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      The dress and styling gives me skinny girl longing. It is rare that side of me is dredged up but I felt it’s competitive little gnawing when I saw these photographs.
      Not her fault but as someone who struggled and struggles with ED this fired all the wrong lights in my head.
      Back to the therapist time for me

  2. Southern Fried says:

    Hate that dress. Wish she’d get a new stylist.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      I was thinking she always gets styled so perfectly. It’s not always about what’s easily pleasing to the eye without imagination.

  3. TigerMcQueen says:

    Hated the whole look actually, but THB my ire at the director’s white make privilege during his acceptance speech tipped my from dislike about almost all things queen’s gambit to loathing. But I really didn’t like the look from the get go.

    • North of Boston says:

      He, as a director, refused to let another director do their job … on live television no less. It just showed incredible disrespect to every other professional in the room.

      I watched TWG and thought it was entertaining television, but had a sense there was something ‘off’ about it, that I could not put my finger on. (To the point that I feel like I’ve seen that story/character’s journey and am not very interested in seeing more)
      Seeing these acceptance speeches I’m starting to get a better sense of why – some of the creators are icky jerks.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ TigerMcQueen, yes. His reactions to the director of the Emmys was so disrespectful and disgusting. Who brings a 2 page speech to the Emmys and expects to read every single line? What a pompous ass he was!

      As for Anya, she looks like a banana. Full stop!! With her history of modeling she could have had the best of what the designers were showing but she chose this? You can’t make those unfortunate darts work with that fabric, and she looks extremely uncomfortable as well.

  4. terra says:

    The darting is terrible. If I hadn’t been told it was Dior I would have assumed it was Prada as that kind of bust darting is a Miuccia Prada signature at this point.

    It can work for Prada as their aesthetic is, and always has been, kind of ugly-chic, but Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior is a nightmare. So boring and basic all the time and not in a good way. She misses the mark of the signature Dior elegance time and time again. It can be almost there, but not quite and always in some obvious way.

    We’re in agreement about Anya Taylor-Joy, though, as on anyone else some of the things she wears would be loathe-worthy. I wish she’d take more chances sartorially as she is so magnetic, even in photographs. This feels like a safe choice, which is disappointing as it doesn’t even work very well. Go bold, Anya, you can carry it!

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ terra, I agree with you wholeheartedly!! The fact that this is Dior, it’s mind boggling!! What has happened? Dior was once such a powerhouse and now it’s functioning at half the capacity!! It’s heartbreaking to see such an iconic fashion house drop the ball continuously.

      Yes, Anya needs to take more chances!! She has the body to wear anything, but she chose this? I am baffled!! Plus, I don’t think she felt comfortable in her dress as well, or her hair. She acted like she was a China doll about to break!!

      • terra says:

        @BothSidesNow: I completely agree. Even Raf Simons, the head designer before Chiuri, was underwhelming in the position, and I loved his work at Lanvin, which hasn’t been anywhere near the same level since he left.

        Dior itself hasn’t really been interesting since Galliano, which is incredibly sad because if you need a Nazi sympathizer to keep your house intriguing then clearly something went very seriously wrong somewhere.

  5. souperkay says:

    I like the color of Anya’s dress. For me it is invoking the Akhal-Teke’s golden coat. I love that it matches her hair color. I love the whole look.

  6. Case says:

    I love the look. Anya always does great on the red carpet. Very classic.

  7. Jennifer says:

    I had the feeling the TQG crew were drooling over Anya in their acceptance speeches, it was troubling watching it, yikes.

  8. Normades says:

    Hate it. Awkward and ill fitting. The concept and execution is just bizarre.

  9. LadyHanbury says:

    This colour doesnt suit her skin tone. Tbh, yellow, especially bright yellow is more suitable for darker skin or at least someone with a tan

  10. Fleur says:

    I kept thinking there’s something surreal about her face, and then I looked up past pictures and it’s clear she got work done on her eyes knows and lips. She’s interesting looking, but I Wish she’d kept her original face : /

    The yellow dress is pretty

    • Case says:

      I honestly don’t think she’s gotten work done. She started acting quite young (and is still quite young!) and she’s lost a lot of weight in her face, which really changed how she looks.

    • Lilibetp says:

      Yeah, I noticed that, too. Or maybe she lost a lot of weight.

    • Erin says:

      I don’t think she’s gotten work done either. I watched her in The Miniaturist which is only a few years old and after I watched TQG I was shocked to find out she’s the same person. She has lost a ton of weight though so that’s what I think makes the difference.

  11. Twin falls says:

    That is a lot of pale on pale with yellow accents. It’s a choice. And yet she still looks gorgeous.

  12. lucy2 says:

    Anya’s look is striking, but I don’t really like it.
    I didn’t realize Marielle Heller was in the show. I like her films a lot.

  13. Stacy Dresden says:

    I love the color of her dress and Anya’s presence and boldness. I really don’t like the way her hair was styled. Reminds me of the early 00s prom.

  14. Katherine says:

    She was best dressed imho. But to be honest, this is part due to her looking stunning and part thanks to other dresses not being very exciting.

  15. Bettyrose says:

    ATJ Can literally pull off anything. She has perfect posture and Disney like doe eyes. The cut of the dress is very flattering too. I can’t even bother with the obvious banananness of it. She looks great.

  16. Snappyfish says:

    I thought Anya looked ethereal

  17. K says:

    The color combo is wrong. Should have just put her in the bright yellow. Her performance was amazing though.

  18. Kviby says:

    I don’t see the problem about pale skin in a pale dress, I think it looks beautiful. And in this case there are the bright yellow cape and the red lips so it’s not even all pale, but even if ir was I like that look. Only the mascara has to be dark, it can look good with everything else pale

  19. psl says:

    I find her so much more striking as a redhead. I know she is a natural blonde, but I like her better with red hair.

  20. candy says:

    Is it just me or has she lost a ton of weight since her show? I think she looked better before.

  21. Natters5 says:

    I love this girl! She loves fashion and it shows. She is living her best life for sure.

  22. Lily says:

    I hate yellow. Why couldn’t she wear darker colors since it’s september?

  23. Susan says:

    If I were attending the Emmys (everyone can dream!) Anya’s dress is not the dress—or anything even remotely like it—I would choose. That being said, I can appreciate styles that work for others and not for me personally. Anya is that person that has the…vibes? Carriage? I dont know what to call it—to wear this dress and it won’t wear her. I think the art and science of being a stylist is putting the right person in the right outfit.

    I have *so many* friends that look adorable in that hippie/boho/Free People style of dress and clothes. Me? when I put that stuff on, between the drapey fits and the washed out colors, I look like a nauseous pregnant street person.

  24. Debbie says:

    I like the cut of the dress, that suits her. However, the color is way too pale for her skin, and the urine-yellow color of the wrap is no help either.

  25. Isabella says:

    I loved Queen’s Gambit and wish it had won more Emmy’s. So much better than the Crown.

  26. Isabella says:

    I loved Queen’s Gambit and wish it had won more Emmy’s. So much better than the Crown.