Oscars 2019: Billy Porter breaks sartorial barrier in a tuxedo gown

The Oscars 2019 red carpet saw quite a bit of experiment, and unexpected looks. Amid classic black dresses, metallic, sequin, ruffles, lots of pink and unusual silhouettes, the classic tuxedo had a phenomenal moment.

Pose star and pop singer Billy Porter, known for championing gender-fluid style, turned heads at the red carpet at the 91st Academy Awards by wearing a black velvet Christian Siriano dress and matching bolero jacket, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

Siriano is a New York-based designer who has made it part of his brand DNA to embrace size and gender inclusivity in his designs as well as in the line-up of models on his runways.

The outfit worn by Potter was a powerful tuxedo gown by Siriano — a homage to ballroom icon Hector Xtravaganza that featured silk lapels, white ruffled sleeves, a black bow tie, and a voluminous ball skirt. The ideas was to challenge the more restrained dress code at the Academy Awards.

Porter referred to the look saying that he is not a drag queen; he is a man in a dress and he has never felt more powerful and masculine. He shared the look on Instagram saying, “When you come to the O​​scars, you must dress up.”

Porter’s husband, Adam Smith joined him looking dapper in a suit and white bow tie. While everyone gushed over the tuxedo gown, Porter wasn’t done as yet. He made a quick change for hosting duty with wide pants and an overstated skinny tie.

Earlier, this year at the Golden Globes red carpet, Porter wore a hand-embroidered silver and pink cape and jacket by New York-based designer Randi Rahm.

Porter has worn dresses before as well; he rocked a long marigold Calvin Klein gown and coordinating jacket at the American Film Institute luncheon last month.