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Mandy Moore Reveals the Inspiration for Her 2019 Emmys Look

Glamour logo Glamour 9/23/2019 Stacey Leasca
Mandy Moore wearing a white shirt © VALERIE MACON

Mandy Moore scored her very first acting nomination at the 2019 Emmys for her performance in This is Us. And though she's walked plenty of red carpets in her life, this one was particularly special—and she showed up in spectacular fashion.

For the occasion, she wore a stunning, off-the-shoulder colorblocked gown by designer Brandon Maxwell.

Mandy Moore wearing a pink dress: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Mandy Moore attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage) © Steve Granitz LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Mandy Moore attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

"I wanted something that sort of spoke to American glamour and I think Brandon Maxwell is the personification of that," Moore told Glamour on the red carpet. "I think he is the next in line of the Ralph Laurens and Calvin Kleins and Michael Kors. And it's just classic. I feel like myself and I feel confident. And that's what I wanted: to just feel like me, but elevated."

a girl in a pink dress: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Mandy Moore attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images) © John Shearer LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Mandy Moore attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

As for choosing the bright color combination (that became the unofficial color scheme of the night), Moore added that she's not typically a "pink girl," but that the combination just spoke to her: "It's my favorite."

Mandy Moore wearing a costume posing for the camera © Kevin Mazur

Maxwell also included a special touch for Moore, embroidering her name on the label of her look. "He's a class act, that Brandon Maxwell," Moore said. "I hope that means I get to keep it, and that I'll get to pass this on to my kids one day."

Mandy Moore wearing a dress © Kevin Mazur

A gown custom-made for her wasn't even the most luxurious part of her look: Moore accessorized with $225,000-worth of Forevermark diamonds. "I think there's nothing more classic than diamonds. Simple diamonds," she said. "There's a lot going on in the dress. So I wanted to make sure that the jewelry was sophisticated and really emphasized everything that was going on."

a hand holding a red and white shirt: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Mandy Moore, jewelry detail, attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) © Frazer Harrison LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Mandy Moore, jewelry detail, attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

"I feel like if you're lucky enough to get to come to any of these kinds of events at all, you kind of become the quintessential girl and you fantasize and think, cool, now what do I want to do," she said of the look. "And it's all an opportunity to express yourself and do something a little different."

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