Actor Billy Porter in skirt breaks sartorial barrier at Oscars

Actor Billy Porter in skirt at Oscars
US actor and singer Billy Porter arrives for the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2019. (Photo: AFP)

Los Angeles: 'Pose' star Billy Porter, known for championing gender-fluid style, turned heads at the red carpet at the 91st Academy Awards by breaking a sartorial barrier.

Porter hit the red carpet wearing a black velvet Christian Siriano dress and matching bolero jacket, reports

Siriano is an apt choice, given that the New York-based designer has made it part of his brand DNA to embrace size and gender inclusivity in his designs as well as in the line-up of models on his runways.

He featured silk lapels, white ruffled sleeves, a black bow tie, and a voluminous ball skirt. Porter's look challenged the typically more restrained dress code at the Academy Awards.

Known for breaking barriers with his signature gender-fluid style, Porter has worn dresses before. He rocked a long marigold Calvin Klein gown and coordinating jacket at the American Film Institute luncheon last month.

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