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 Oscars, 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.