Mama, we were not prepared.
Pose star Billy Porter strolled up to the 91st Academy Awards’ red carpet (we stan an early queen!) wearing a Christian Siriano black, velvet number that appears tuxedo-cum-gown fucking with the gender binary in all the best ways.
Billy Porter is the first Ive seen come down the red carpet (and may likely remain the best?) pic.twitter.com/LWvQrUXWTj
— Mia Galuppo (@miagaluppo) February 24, 2019
Serving both Governor and Governess, Porter’s look is the ultimate statement within the context of what is typically a predictable and gender-restrictive red carpet show. The Out 100 honoree arrived in the look this afternoon with his husband Adam Smith, honestly winning the Oscars before they even started. Porter also brought a more casual palazzo pants option to sport while hosting the red carpet pre-show, as well as his party after the show, according to Vogue.
Porter is no stranger to gender-bending on the red carpet. At the Golden Globes, Porter rocked a custom suit and superhero-length pink cape embroidered with colorful flowers. He also attended the American Film Institute Luncheon wearing a silk, goldenrod gown paired with a matching blazer and head scarf.
“One of the things I’ve realized is that I’ve always had a gender-fluid sensibility with clothes, and it was so squashed by homophobia,” he told the New York Times earlier this year.
“Show business likes to masquerade as being inclusive and diverse,” said Porter, criticizing some fashion house’s traditionalism. “When we ask the houses for male and female clothes, we get the response, ‘We don’t think you should be wearing that.’”
Porter’s recent ascension to style icon during the awards circuit got him the title of Men’s Ambassador for New York Fashion Week in February. “I find the younger talent to be much more open to experimentation and gender fluidity,” he told WWD. “I’m interested in connecting with designers who I can collaborate with.”
The standard has been set! Slay on, Porter. Slay on.