Taraji P. Henson was "America's sunshine" at the Emmy Awards on Sunday (18.09.16).

Taraji P Henson

Taraji P Henson

The 'Empire' actress - who lost out to Tatiana Maslany for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series prize - donned a custom yellow Vera Wang dress because she and her stylist Jason Bolden wanted her to look like "superstar" in an "effortless" way.

Jason said of her outfit: "She is America's sunshine tonight in a custom yellow, minimal, and sexy yet elegant custom Vera Wang dress.

"The bodice is fit to perfection, and the dress hits the floor with two thigh high modern slits on the side.

"We want to show you what a superstar looks like in an effortless way. I get so excited just thinking about it because it's a stunning sunshine yellow silk crepe dress that is altered to perfection.

"The colour is show stopping, and it's also the first carpet of award season, so we wanted to start off with something bright and hold onto the end of summer a little bit."

As well as donning a lot of diamonds to accessorise the dress, Taraji also set the gown off with a monogrammed clutch bag.

Jason told Billboard: "For accessories we went with a pair of yellow gold diamond marquis-cut stud earrings, a yellow gold braided cuff with marquis-cut diamonds set throughout, two art deco styled yellow tennis bracelets and a rose-cut diamond ring, all by all by Lorraine Schwartz.

"She's also wearing a pair of yellow gold Jimmy Choo sandals with a single strap across the ankle and toe along with an Edie Parker signature monogram clutch with her initials 'T.P.H.'"

For Jason and Taraji, the 46-year-old actress' love of house music is always an influence on her wardrobe.

He said: "We always want to go for this quintessential, smart, chic actress. We always add an ounce or that touch of classic edge and rock, who she is to her core and funk if you will.

"She is one of those girls who loves house music, and that's a piece of what we try to drop in. So no matter what you will always see a piece of that happen, from the fabric we use, to the length of that dress, to the silhouette -- it all plays a lot into it."

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