AMC’s "Mad Men" made Emmy history last night by becoming the first basic cable show to win a best drama award.

And January Jones, who plays ad exec Jon Hamm’s perfect, polite and sheltered wife, was the surprise hit of the Emmy red carpet and hit the top of our Emmy best-dressed list.

Wearing a Dolce & Gabbana far-from virginal white corset-style goddess gown, her gently up-swept  hair tied with metallic string hair bands, Jones looked like she’d floated down from Mount Olympus for the night, leaving Zeus home with the kids.

The look was just racy enough to separate Jones from her buttoned-up on-screen character, interesting enough to cause a stir and classy enough to set her apart from some of the other more — how can we put this — "Desperate" dressers at the Emmys.

Finally, a breath of fresh fashion air on the carpets!

Check out how Jones compares with other Emmy bright spots — Eva Longoria‘s metallic Marchesa mini,  Brooke Shield‘s hot pink Badgley Mischka ball gown, Teri Hatcher‘s taxi cab yellow Monique Lhuilier frock, Mary-Louise Parker‘s bright blue slinky gown and Holly Hunter‘s violet Jenny Packham dress — in the Emmy 2008 Red Carpet Rewind Gallery.

Who was your favorite actress on the Emmy carpet? And why? Favorite dress? Best color?

And who was the absolute worst?

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Posted by:Elizabeth Snead