02.26.2019

Billy Porter on Why He Wore a Gown, Not a Tuxedo, to the Oscars

Billy Porter on Why He Wore a Gown, Not a Tuxedo, to the Oscars

At tonight’s 91st Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, Pose star Billy Porter defied fashion norms by stepping out onto the red carpet in an unapologetically fabulous gown. The custom creation by designer Christian Siriano included a sharply tailored tuxedo jacket overtop a full-skirted strapless velvet gown. A play on masculinity and femininity, the look challenged the rigid Hollywood dress code and was boundary-pushing in all the right ways.

For the actor and singer, the fashion choice was deeply personal. Below, Porter reflects on coming to terms with his queer identity and how his fashion choices have became a powerful tool for self-expression and representation.

For the full story, visit Vogue.com/Fashion/CelebrityStyle.