Billy Porter: ‘My red carpet style is unpredictable’

Billy Porter has described his red carpet style as “undefinable and unpredictable”.

The Pose star is well known for his extravagant looks on the red carpet, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awards earlier this year, and the Cleopatra-inspired sequinned jumpsuit with 10-foot wings he debuted at the 2019 Met Gala in May.

While Porter’s eye-catching and dramatic outfit choices for events are met with high praise, the 50-year-old has now revealed he doesn’t have one particular aesthetic.


“I’ve never really thought about defining it. I would say it’s undefinable,” he told WWD. “I don’t even know what it is sometimes. I’m putting one foot in front of the other and I am trying to be as true and as honest to what I feel I want to do at any given time, so unpredictable.”

Porter, who made history in September when he became the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy Award for lead actor in a drama series, went on to explain how he and his team start to create his looks by defining what the event is about.

“I’m a very story-oriented person coming from being an actor, so I always try to have a narrative for myself so that there is always a reason and there’s always a point. I want to be a walking piece of art – political art – whenever I can, any time I show up,” Porter shared.

Despite his opulent outfits now becoming infamous, the actor refuses to view himself as a fashion icon.

“I’m going to let other people call me a fashion icon at least for the next couple of years and then I’ll do it myself,” he quipped.