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  • [light music]

  • - Hello, Vogue.

  • Oh, god.

  • [groaning]

  • Just FYI, I don't really like

  • looking at old pictures of myself,

  • so I may not be super well-suited for this exercise.

  • [chuckles]

  • I'm afraid I did have a lot of influence on Elaine's outfit.

  • I mean, we had a costume designer for sure,

  • but I mean, for instance,

  • that's the typical floral pattern

  • with the socks and the shoes.

  • I just thought that, at the time I thought,

  • there is nothing groovier than this look.

  • [laughs]

  • She definitely dictated her own style

  • and I think she was not somebody who

  • dressed super sexy.

  • That wasn't her vibe, man.

  • She was kinda, didn't need to do that,

  • she was a little tougher.

  • And frankly, I was pregnant twice during Seinfeld,

  • so all of these oversized clothing,

  • this clothing was very helpful to me

  • as a pregnant person, both getting more and more pregnant,

  • and then becoming less and less pregnant

  • after giving birth, you know,

  • 'cause it takes a little time to get your body shape back.

  • Well, this image is [laughs]

  • a somewhat unfortunate image.

  • This is back from my Seinfeld days and this is early on.

  • You'll notice Jerry's bright, white sneakers.

  • But this jacket that I'm wearing is

  • a suede, Ralph Lauren jacket

  • that was actually mine, that I incorporated

  • into the Elaine wardrobe.

  • I still have this, 'cause I actually think

  • it's groovy as all hell.

  • When Seinfeld first started, I mean, that was the look.

  • It was sort of vintage, a lot of the jackets that I wore

  • with those skirts, those floral skirts,

  • those jackets were vintage jackets from the '40s and '50s.

  • That look with the bobby socks and the shoes,

  • I don't know if that was in or if I just thought it was in

  • or particularly au courant.

  • I have no idea.

  • And now it's making some sort of a comeback,

  • which I find inexplicable.

  • But I encourage you who are listening

  • to this little piece right now,

  • don't wear these clothes again.

  • Don't do it!

  • I made the mistake, learn from my mistakes.

  • The first time I ever went to the Emmy's, I wore black.

  • I had just given birth to my son three weeks earlier, okay?

  • I was not at my normal weight

  • and feeling very self-conscious.

  • I don't know why I'm saying this at Vogue, by the way,

  • this is a huge mistake on my part,

  • but I'll just go ahead and tell you guys

  • that as I was getting ready to go to the Emmy's,

  • my dress split.

  • So you can imagine my horror

  • and so they had to sew me into it.

  • I had just given birth to this gorgeous baby.

  • Anyway, whatever.

  • This was sort of pre- the days

  • that you would even have a stylist.

  • I don't believe, I think you dressed yourself.

  • That's my memory, anyway.

  • I want a red carpet dress to,

  • I don't want to worry about it,

  • so by the time I hit the red carpet,

  • I want to know that it works.

  • I don't want to have misgivings about it,

  • so that I can worry about other things.

  • 'Cause I'm a worrier, so I need to go to the next thing

  • to worry about.

  • [laughs]

  • [light music]

  • So this is from 1995.

  • This is an Armani dress

  • and it was made of black velvet

  • and had an incredible construction.

  • This section of the dress,

  • there was a bone within it that kept this all in place.

  • And I remember running into

  • people from work on the red carpet,

  • and they didn't recognize me.

  • They didn't know it was me, I swear.

  • It's me, it's Julia, and they were like what?

  • They had no idea.

  • And I remember, also, that after I wore this,

  • I didn't win an Emmy that year,

  • but after I wore it, Mr. Armani wrote me a handwritten note,

  • saying thank you for wearing it

  • and that that was so nice and I kept the note,

  • 'cause it was very meaningful to me, of course.

  • This was a departure for me to wear something like this

  • because it was so sexy.

  • I wouldn't say it's a retaliation,

  • but it's against the Elaine look,

  • but it was a way of kind of pushing

  • the edge of the envelope, for me, at that time.

  • And it was considered, in 1995, very risque.

  • I don't think this would be considered risque today,

  • but it was then.

  • [scoffs]

  • [upbeat music]

  • That's the Bob Mackie, oh my god.

  • Look at that!

  • Okay, first of all, it's Bob Mackie.

  • It was so exciting and I worked with him on this dress!

  • Literally.

  • I went to his studio and he measured me

  • and I loved pink, I still love pink.

  • I loved the idea of a corset

  • and I was, you can see I'm very pleased

  • [laughs] with myself in this outfit.

  • I think this is a great look.

  • He was divine to work with.

  • Very unassuming and very humble fellow,

  • considering his enormous success.

  • It was an honor for me to work with him.

  • I couldn't believe I was working with him.

  • Okay, yes.

  • My god.

  • This is so gorgeous.

  • I love this dress.

  • I'm sorry.

  • And I still have this dress and I love it with all my heart.

  • Yeah, this is the 2007 Emmy's.

  • And this dress was made by Narciso Rodriguez.

  • I was a huge fan of his work.

  • It was very glam, 'cause I flew to New York

  • once or twice to meet with him and get measured,

  • and we did a muslin fitting and we looked at fabrics,

  • and it was all very [gasps], you know,

  • inside fashion in a way that I had never

  • sort of been privy to in New York

  • and it was really exciting.

  • And I remember very distinctly

  • that he said to me that he wanted this dress

  • to look like a bullet.

  • And it sort of does, it has a sleekness like a bullet.

  • I won my second Emmy in this dress.

  • And I also have the sketch that he drew

  • of this dress for me, before he even made the dress,

  • and he signed it to me and I have that as a keepsake,

  • I still own that.

  • I have a lot of these bits and pieces of things

  • from the past that I've hung onto, actually.

  • Oh, yeah, Jesus, yeah.

  • So that's good.

  • So this is Oscar and I'm...

  • First of all, I love this dress so much.

  • It's navy and black, which is one of

  • my favorite color combinations.

  • I think it's sophisticated and glamorous at the same time.

  • It's all a piece.

  • So these is no seam on this dress.

  • And this is all this gorgeous lacework,

  • so they have to mold it for you.

  • I don't know how they do it.

  • I actually feel as if it's a magic trick,

  • that's what I think.

  • This dress is a magic trick.

  • That's what I'm gonna say about it.

  • This was a huge night for me at the Mark Twain Awards

  • and to be there looking fancy and

  • having this celebration with my family and friends

  • was quite a remarkable thing.

  • I was wearing a gorgeous pair of either

  • I think they were Manolo's,

  • but, unfortunately, they were too high,