Billy Porter’s show-stopping look for the 2020 Oscars was “all about royalty”.The Pose star shut down the red carpet on Sunday night when he arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a custom Giles Deacon creation, which featured a voluminous grap…
Billy Porter’s show-stopping look for the 2020 Oscars was “all about royalty”.
The Pose star shut down the red carpet on Sunday night when he arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a custom Giles Deacon creation, which featured a voluminous graphic skirt and a sleeveless, feathered bodice.
He completed the look, which he told the New York Times was “all about royalty”, with custom Jimmy Choo heels, minimal make-up, and embellished glasses.
However, for his performance with Janelle Monae to open the Academy Awards, Porter changed into a ’70s-inspired red two-piece, complete with an extravagant gold embellished floor-length coat, to sing Elton John’s track I’m Still Standing.
The 50-year-old topped off the ensemble with an ethical and sustainable Diamond Foundry necklace from Lark & Berry, which his stylist Sam Ratelle insisted was the perfect finishing touch to his onstage outfit.
“When I saw this stunning Lark & Berry x Diamond Foundry necklace, I knew that it was the perfect shining accent to his performance look,” he told InStyle. “The fact that it is ethical and sustainable with cultured diamonds only makes it even more special and important to wear at an occasion like the Academy Awards. Looking good and doing good doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive.”
And the stylist has big plans for Porter, as he wants to encourage more designers to be open to creating gowns for men.
“The last two years have been about getting to this point. Now that we’re here, it’s the next place to go,” Ratelle added.
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Giles Deacon was inspired by a room inside Kensington Palace when making Billy Porter’s voluminous skirt for the 2020 Oscars.The Pose star hit the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night wearing a show-stopping custom creation by…
Giles Deacon was inspired by a room inside Kensington Palace when making Billy Porter’s voluminous skirt for the 2020 Oscars.
The Pose star hit the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night wearing a show-stopping custom creation by the British designer, with the look completed with a gold feathered bodice and Jimmy Choo heels.
The idea to include a nod to royalty in the outfit was first dreamed up by Porter’s stylist, Sam Ratelle, who took a tour of the 415-year-old residential palace, which is home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, last year.
He pitched his regal plans to Deacon, and the duo combined a particular room from Kensington Palace into high fashion.
The designer had already used ideas from the palace for previous collections and decided to incorporate details from the Roman-inspired Cupola Room, which features gilded statues and a grand marble dome, into the skirt.
“I love the idea of Billy being this kind of messenger sent from the gods,” Deacon told The New York Times, adding that he turned the walls of the room into a print that was enlarged for Porter’s skirt.
The fashion star, who designed a wedding dress for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton, back in 2017, also told the publication that he felt it was “very poignant to be dressing Billy”.
And Ratelle insisted that his Emmy-winning client isn’t trying to challenge to constraints of gender roles, he’s just merely wearing an artistic creation.
“I don’t see female energy,” he added of the skirt. “I see a dude. I see a dude wearing armour, wearing something that’s artistic and innately couture.”
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Billy Porter made a serious style statement at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.The Pose star stepped out onto the red carpet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles wearing a custom blue crystal-studded flare jumpsuit and cropped jacket from Baja E…
Billy Porter made a serious style statement at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.
The Pose star stepped out onto the red carpet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles wearing a custom blue crystal-studded flare jumpsuit and cropped jacket from Baja East designer Scott Studenberg.
Porter accessorised with a Judith Leiber bag, Alexis Bittar bling, and Coach boots, but it was his matching headgear, made by Sarah Sokol Millinery, which received the most attention, with the item featuring a layer of silver fringe draped across the front that could be opened and closed using a remote control from Smooth Technologies.
Speaking to E! News during the pre-show, Porter’s stylist Sam Ratelle explained that he was inspired to get creative with the 50-year-old’s accessories after seeing Billie Eilish sport a bonnet-style headpiece with veil to the 2019 American Music Awards in November.
“It really originated from the moment Billy had with Billie Eilish at the VMAs. She wore this beautiful Burberry hat, designer tissue and a bonnet with a beekeeper’s net. (Porter) said, ‘I love that hat,’ but he was like, ‘There’s no way I’m covering my face,'” he recalled. “So, I found these incredible hats designed by Scott Studenberg from Baja East, and they have fringe coming down pretty much covering the face and they’re so dramatic.
“There’s a clicker that I’ve been holding as I trail down the carpet and every time he gives me the signal to open the hat then I open the hat.”
Meanwhile, Studenberg took to Instagram to share a string of images of the outfit and noted that he was thrilled with the final ensemble.
“Thank you, @theebillyporter for always welcoming my crazy ideas with objective positivity. All I’ve ever wanted to do is make art, so this is a dream. These moments don’t happen magically. It takes a strong support system, planning and countless hours of hard work and sleepless nights – many times even until the very last minute,” the designer praised.
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Anna Wintour gave Billy Porter permission for his extravagant arrival at the 2019 Met Gala.In an extravagant and theatrical nod to the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, the Pose star arrived at the prestigious fashion event back in May wearing a custom Sun Go…
Anna Wintour gave Billy Porter permission for his extravagant arrival at the 2019 Met Gala.
In an extravagant and theatrical nod to the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, the Pose star arrived at the prestigious fashion event back in May wearing a custom Sun God ensemble created by The Blonds.
The show-stopping look featured a gold bejewelled catsuit that included huge 10-foot wings, an opulent 24-carat gold headpiece, as well as custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and jewels by Andreoli, John Hardy, and Oscar Heyman.
Billy credited his stylist Sam Ratelle for coming up with the idea of being carried in by six men wearing gold headpieces and make-up, and he confessed he was initially sceptical that they would be allowed to do it until the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief stepped in.
“I didn’t have to do anything. My stylist did it. It was his idea to have that moment. That’s a big deal. Miss Anna Wintour said, ‘Yes,'” he told WWD. “My stylist had the idea and I was like, ‘Child, please, that ain’t gonna happen.’
“Two weeks later, he was like, ‘Girl! You’re getting carried in, darling, by six shirtless men…'” Billy laughed.
The 50-year-old worked on the outlandish Egyptian-themed creation with designers Phillipe and David Blond, who are the brains behind their luxury apparel brand The Blonds.
“Their clothes make me feel like a rock star and I’m about to do that s**t, too,” Billy teased. “Grandpa’s coming back to the music industry, y’all get ready.”
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Billy Porter has never let anybody stop him from wearing what he wants. The Pose actor has become something of a red carpet sensation this year, hitting headlines for wearing dresses to glitzy events such as the Oscars and Tony Awards. While Billy ma…
Billy Porter has never let anybody stop him from wearing what he wants.
The Pose actor has become something of a red carpet sensation this year, hitting headlines for wearing dresses to glitzy events such as the Oscars and Tony Awards.
While Billy may have become known for his daring and unique style recently, he has now insisted that he has always been into fashion and unafraid of wearing bold outfits, no matter what anybody thinks.
“I’ve always had a fashion thing,” he told ES magazine. “I’ve always loved fashion; I grew up in the black church and the black church is a fashion show. I never let anybody deter me from the things I wanted to wear.”
The Tony Award-winning actor, who starred in Broadway musical Kinky Boots when it opened in 2013, credits his grandmother and great aunt with giving him advice which inspired how he dresses.
“My grandmother and my great aunt taught me to dress for the job you want, not the one you have,” the 49-year-old recalled. “I remember getting Kinky Boots, and I decided to go ‘geek chic,’ I was calling my look… People literally thought I was crazy. It was like, I have a job I want, it’s beyond this, I gotta show up for that.”
Revealing the next gig he was dressing for, Billy said, “I got that job I wanted by the way. Which is being a fashion icon, darling!”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in June, his stylist Sam Ratelle revealed that they are now being “hounded” by designers who have refused to send the star clothes in the past.
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Billy Porter and his stylist Sam Ratelle are now being “hounded” by designers who have refused to send the Pose star clothes in the past.Before finding a legion of new fans thanks to his role as Pray Tell in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s hit TV series…
Billy Porter and his stylist Sam Ratelle are now being “hounded” by designers who have refused to send the Pose star clothes in the past.
Before finding a legion of new fans thanks to his role as Pray Tell in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s hit TV series, about the ball culture in ’80s New York, Billy was known as one of Broadway’s leading stars.
Thanks to Pose, Billy is now a household name, and over the last six months has brought his unique style to the mainstream red carpets at events like the Oscars, Golden Globes and the Met Gala.
“The very people who said, ‘No and no again,’ are literally hounding us,” Sam laughed to The Hollywood Reporter. “If there’s a change of heart, we’ll listen to it. But we don’t want to be anywhere that we’re not welcome. And it’s so funny, because they are interested in supporting when it works for them, but not when it doesn’t. ‘Come to the show and sit front row because you’re fabulous.’ However, when we go back and ask for things, it’s always a ‘no.'”
In February, the multi-talented star served as the official ambassador for New York Fashion Week’s men’s shows, sitting front row at numerous presentations.
He went on to stun at the 2019 Oscars, wearing a black velvet Christian Siriano ball gown, complete with a tuxedo jacket.
However, getting clothes sent in for the 49-year-old is no easy task.
“Others have told me in the best corporate way, ‘He’s a queen; we don’t want to work with him,’ or ‘He doesn’t have enough followers,’ or ‘We don’t like his Instagram aesthetic,’ or ‘He’s just not big enough.’ Which is generally what happens with Broadway talent,” Sam sighed. “Nobody wants to ever give them clothing. And these are often the most talented people in the world. They’re so deserving of looking fantastic. It’s a billion-dollar industry! We have to be able to open these doors.”
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