Billy Porter brings signature gown-suit back at the Tonys. From his viral velvet tuxedo gown at the Oscars, to his Egyptian-inspired ensemble at the Met Gala, Billy Porter sure knows how to make a statement with his red carpet choices.
But the ‘Pose’ star outdid himself at the 2019 Tony Awards at the Radio City Music Hall in New York on Sunday, arriving in a custom red and pink look by Celestino Couture, which incorporated the crimson velvet curtain from Broadway’s ‘Kinky Boots’, for which Porter won a Tony back in 2013.
The symbolism behind the gender-bending gown didn’t stop there.
Porter told The Hollywood Reporter: “At the fitting, we spoke about making a pattern on the train that was in the shape of a uterus, but not obvious, of course,”
“And I thought it was awesome because women’s rights are under attack right now. I’m an advocate for all who are disenfranchised. None of us are free until we’re all free!”
He added: “I really want to make sure that I’m showing up for all of the disenfranchised people I can so that we can find power in our unity.”
“This government is trying to take away the woman’s right to choose and that’s unacceptable. No!”
In January, Porter’s stylist Sam Ratelle spoked about how the actor uses fashion as a form of activism.
With [Billy], every single time we work on something together, the first thing we do is think: What is the statement we’re making with this?”
“Like when he started wearing dresses recently, that was very specific because of all the stuff that was going on in the White House regarding transgender rights. We started talking about it and we’re like, we have to start representing these people because you have to normalize that somehow publicly. There has to be visibility.”
Billy Porter brings signature gown-suit back at the Tonys