Billy Porter wore an outfit made from the red velvet curtain from the final performance of Kinky Boots to the 2019 Tony Awards.
The 49-year-old, who fronted the Cyndi Lauper musical when it opened on Broadway in 2013, walked the Radio City Music Hall red carpet on Sunday in an Elizabethan-inspired red-and-pink tuxedo top, tulle skirt, and matching cigarette pant made from the curtain.
The eye-catching ensemble was a sweet tribute to the musical, which landed Porter his first-ever Tony Award.
According to The New York Times, designers at handbag company Scenery Bags purchased the red velvet curtain after Kinky Boots closed in April last year and contacted the Pose star to see if the wanted it fashioned into a bag.
His stylist Sam Ratelle came up with the idea for the look and went to designer Sergio Guadarrama and creative director Cade Johnson of Celestino Couture to create the gown.
“I want to flip the question of what it means to be a man,” Porter told The New York Times ahead of the Tony Awards. “This question of masculinity, this sort of microscope of heteronormative masculinity that we are very often held up to, especially as leading men, needs to be shattered.
“You know, it’s toxic and I’m over it and I’ve lived it and I’m not doing it anymore.”
The dress also included an embroidered uterus as a nod to “empowering women’s reproductive rights,” and more than 30,000 Swarovski crystals.
“This is exactly what I was looking for – pants but drama,” he added.
The over-the-top star stunned in a custom Christian Siriano tuxedo gown for the Oscars back in February and was carried on a golden palanquin through the Met Gala pink carpet in a bejewelled Egyptian-inspired catsuit last month.
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