Billy Porter Gets Things Flowing With Gender-Neutral ‘Uterus’ Suit At 2019 Tonys
By Mikelle Leow, 11 Jun 2019
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Billy Porter’s red carpet looks are true conversation starters. Who could forget his epic tuxedo-gown hybrid from this year’s Oscars and his gold Met Gala 2019 entrance worthy of an Egyptian goddess?
This time, the star of drama series Pose has let his outfit speak on his behalf about the strict anti-abortion laws imposed on several US states. At the red carpet of the 2019 Tony Awards, he stepped out in a majestic red suit inspired by female reproductive organs, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The gender-neutral, red velvet ensemble was designed specially for Porter by New York-based luxury label Celestino Couture, and was embellished with over 30,000 Swarovski crystals.
It was also constructed using the curtain backdrop from Broadway’s Kinky Boots musical, paying homage to Porter’s Tony award for best actor in 2013. Celestino Couture prides itself on working only with organic or up-cycled materials.
Most importantly, the Elizabethan-themed suit came with a train created to resemble a uterus, “but not obvious, of course,” he told the publication at the red carpet.
He added that as women’s rights were “under attack,” he wanted to stand up for them. “None of us are free until we’re all free!”
This isn’t the first time this year that high fashion has been leveraged to advocate reproductive rights. Last month, Gucci showcased uterus motifs and pro-choice sayings at its Cruise 2020 fashion show.
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The Category is always: LOVE. It was so great to be home. Thank you @thetonyawards for having us last night. We can't wait to be back! @thesmithsociety ⠀⠀ Style: @sammyratelle for @rrrcreative Agency ⠀⠀ Styling Assistants: @ashleymarienyc ⠀ Grooming: @lasonyagunter⠀⠀ Manicurist: @courtneyfosterbeauty⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On Billy - ⠀⠀ Custom Dress: @celestinocouture ⠀⠀ Fine Jewelry: @oscarheyman ⠀⠀ Custom Shoes: @orelbrodtdesigns⠀⠀ Custom Bag: @emmkuony ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On Adam - ⠀⠀ Tuxedo: @toddsnyderny ⠀⠀ Fine Jewelry: @oscarheyman ⠀⠀ Shoes: @bottegaveneta⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Photo: @dimitrioskphoto
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