The ensemble of Billy Porter, an actor who has been recognized with multiple Golden Globe Awards over the past few decades, has a special significance to me.
The “Pose” star and fashion icon Billy Porter is known to turn heads on the red carpet with his stylish looks, and he had a great ensemble at the 80th annual Academy Awards on Jan. 10 that could not be missed.
In Yet Another Exquisite Outfit, The Actor Wowed The Crowd
A good pose is an essential part of Billy Porter’s game. In addition to being well-known for his glamorous red carpet looks, he didn’t disappoint on Tuesday when he walked the red carpet for the Golden Globes 2023. This year’s Tony award winner, 53, is one of the presenters at this year’s award ceremony, and he was the talk of the Oscars when he wore a velvet tuxedo gown designed by Christian Siriano, which went viral in 2019.
The same designer brought back the look four years later for the Globes by designing a fuchsia, strikingly similar to the gold version. In his acceptance speech, Ryan Murphy, the creator of the HBO series “Pose,” who was present at the ceremony to accept the Carol Burnett Award, expressed his request to Porter to bring back the look that broke boundaries many years ago.
He worked with Siriano on a replica of the outfit currently displayed in the V&A’s “Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear” exhibition in London. While the actor could not wear the same company, he worked with him to create a modern replica.
Porter maintained his glamorous look with crystal-encrusted platform boots and a plethora of shining rings styled by Ty Hunter and Colin Anderson. The performer also carried a tiny clutch, ear cuffs from Yeprem, rings from Stéfère, House of Emmanuele, and Shine Like Me Brand.
Pose Inspired Porter To Experiment With Fashion
As a result of his involvement in Pose magazine, Porter started experimenting with fashion, which was a huge inspiration for him. ‘The Ballroom,’ a former FX series set in the 1980s and 1990s that ran for three seasons between 2018 and 2021, followed a group of LGBTQ+ identifying New Yorkers who were part of the ballroom community of the city.
“Pose happened, and I was like, ‘Well if there’s any space where the character that I’m playing supported the choices of being gender fluid on the red carpet, it would be the show,” the actor said. “I have to do this now. And that’s how it evolved.”
In addition to the Egyptian-inspired outfit Porter wore to the Met Gala and the tuxedo gown he wore to the Academy Awards, Porter has always shown a passion for both risk and adventure in his looks. But, on the other hand, Porter argues that “it’s not so much about me wearing a dress on the red carpet. It’s not a dress at all. It’s about the balance that I’m looking for.”
About Billy Porter
Aside from his career as a pop singer, Billy Porter built a substantial reputation as a theatrical singer. Before starting a mainstream pop singer career, he performed in Broadway productions such as Grease and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. In 1996, he made his first impact by including the song ‘Love Is On The Way’ on the film First Wives Club soundtrack. This became a resounding success.
The release of Untitled, his debut album, deeply anchored in traditional R&B territory, including several critical ballads in his attempt to gain the attention and sales of mainstream radio stations like his cover version of Glenn Jones’s ‘Show Me’.
The backing band for Warren J. McCrae was composed of several musicians better known for their work in the theatre, such as Gary Haase, Warren J. McCrae, and Peter Zizzo, his producer. Despite Porter’s multi-faceted talent, it is not surprising that his record company was eager to have him perform live. His opening slot for Sounds Of Blackness in New York in May 1997 drew some favorable reviews before the latter’s headlining engagements.
Over the next few weeks, live coverage of the 80th Golden Globe Awards on NBC and Peacock will be live. So here is an opportunity to take a closer look at his ensemble. Nevertheless, I would like to know what you think about the look he wore for the event. So feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below.