Better From the Back? See the Rear View of Vera Farmiga's Emmys Gown

09/23/2013 at 03:43 PM ET

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High neck. Sleeves. Full-skirt. After seeing actress Vera Farmiga’s dress from the front, we were ready to write it off as another basic black demure ball gown. And then we saw her Theyskens’ Theory dress from behind and we had to rescind our original commentary.

Because the design features an open back that dips so low, we were almost expecting Farmiga’s underwear to make an appearance at the Emmys. Scratch the word demure from our description.

Add that to the fact that the skirt on the Bates Motel star’s dress is crazy-voluminous (“It’s like the butt bump on Cinderella’s stepsisters’ dresses,” astutely observed one editor) and we officially could no longer use the adjective basic either.

PHOTOS: See More Emmys Gowns from Behind!

And Farmiga wasn’t the only actress to go with a gown that was deceptively full-coverage or simple from the front. Michelle Dockery’s two-tone Prada design had an oversize bow tie at the neck and a totally open back, Padma Lakshmi showed off a skin-baring rear view and even Zooey Deschanel flashed some unexpected flesh.

What do you think of Farmiga’s gown? Which Emmys dress did you like best from the back?

–Brittany Talarico

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Pam on

No! This makes her behind look massive, and she’s not.

Amber on

She certainly looks like she came from the Bates Motel.

Easyup on

Padma Lakshmi’s was even more dramatic with no back (either netting or naked back, hard to tell) whatsoever. Don’t care for this dress at all. Does nothing to enhance her beauty.

hi on

She looks beautiful.

kim on

i hate the dress, it’s so unflattering but I adore Vera.

Bettie on

Her face looks completely different, as many on the red carpet did!

Ms on

Just don’t care for this dress – from the front or the back

sam on

Please everyone watch earthlings and gary yourofsky on youtube please and please go vegan it’s better for us it’s better for the animals and it’s better for the planet that we live on and be careful sugar is not vegan because of the bone char just search online for vegan sugar brands or just call the company or e mail them and ask them if they use bone char and be careful with the products that contain sugar just read the ingredients btw evaporated cane juice is vegan

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