One of the biggest style moments of the Oscars red carpet happened before the first nominee even arrived: Pose’s Billy Porter, who was hosting the ABC pre-show, arrived in a showstopping Christian Siriano velvet tuxedo gown – and promptly caused all of style Twitter to melt down.
“When you come to the Oscars, you must dress up,” Porter tweeted of his custom ensemble, comprised of a velvet and satin tuxedo jacket and strapless ball gown. “Thanks Christian Siriano for your custom couture masterpiece.” He accented his look with dazzling jewelry and ruffled cuffs. And though the look was both intricate and impeccable, Siriano revealed on the E! preshow that they had less than a week to pull the whole thing together.
“Listen, we had no time. One week,” Siriano revealed. “I fit his stylist’s assistant in this dress because we had no time.” Fortunately, it didn’t need any alterations before Porter debuted it on the carpet. And Siriano wasn’t surprised at all to see what a major impact it made.
“It was like, If we were going to do a tuxedo, we can’t just do a tuxedo. It has to be a moment,” he said. “I don’t think any man has ever worn a gown on the Oscars red carpet before. He really is the person to do it.”
Porter has been wearing one showstopping ensemble after another throughout this awards season, proving he did not come to play with a remarkable Randi Rahm embroidered suit and lined cape at the Golden Globes – and he hasn’t slowed down since.
Though his tuxedo dress was best in class, Porter is one of many actors who are having more fun with red carpet fashion than ever before. Chadwick Boseman, Nicholas Hoult and Pharrell Williams all chose non-standard-black-tux suiting for the Oscars, a trend that’s been seen throughout awards season.