Billy Porter may have just slayed every single red carpet look that graced the Oscars since it first started 90 years ago by arriving in a velvet tuxedo gown.

Yep, that's right – the Pose actor turned heads and destroyed gender stereotypes when he arrived at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles in a Christian Siriano-designed velvet tuxedo jacket that extended into a voluminous black gown. He finished the elegant look with ruffled cuffs and a classic bow tie.

Siriano took to social media to show off his proud creation, telling Porter to "Shut this carpet down".

While Porter himself told Vanity Fair:

 I grew up loving fashion, but there was a limit to the ways in which I could express myself. When you’re black and you’re gay, one’s masculinity is in question. I dealt with a lot of homophobia in relation to my clothing choices.

My goal is to be a walking piece of political art every time I show up. To challenge expectations. What is masculinity? What does that mean? Women show up every day in pants, but the minute a man wears a dress, the seas part. 

On challenging stereotypes, he said:

I believe men on the red carpet would love to play more. This industry masquerades itself as inclusive, but actors are afraid to play, because if they show up as something outside of the status quo, they might be received as feminine, and, as a result, they won’t get that masculine job, that superhero job. And that’s the truth.

About his one-of-a-kind gown, he said:

We wanted to play between the masculine and the feminine. This look was interesting because it’s not drag. I’m not a drag queen, I’m a man in a dress.

From this [Oscars] moment, I want people to understand that you don’t have to understand or even agree with other people’s authenticity or truths, but we must all respect each other.

People are going to be really uncomfortable with my black ass in a ball gown—but it’s not anybody’s business but mine.

Of course, an outfit like that does not go unnoticed, with the internet going crazy about this truly iconic look.

While he might not have won any awards last night, Porter truly won the red carpet.

HT Vanity Fair

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