Amidst the tule frocks and dapper suits that showcase at the annual Golden Globe Awards, there is always a handful of celebrities that are ready to go OTT, and if there was one actor who ready to make stance this year, it was Billy Porter. Stepping onto the red carpet on Sunday night, his metallic suit, bejewelled cape and hot pink lining was nothing short of spectacular and the hidden message surrounding the look is worth getting behind.
Plastered all over social media, it was Randi Rahm who was the brain child behind the design, and spoke to the Hollywood Reporter on the importance of tolerance and acceptance.
“And I immediately knew this look would be a very important statement for Billy in many ways. It needed to speak to his amazing personality, the importance of his role on the groundbreaking show Pose, as well as the message we collectively want to send to the world regarding the fluidity of fashion, tolerance and acceptance.”
The 49-year-old’s stylist who finished off the look, Sam Ratelle, spoke to Page Six Style also revealing that the look was much more than a red carpet style, rather saying that Porter wanted to use the red carpet as a platform of activism.
“With [Billy], every single time we work on something together, the first thing we do is think: What is the statement we’re making with this? What can people take away from this?” Ratelle told Page Six Style.
“Like when he started wearing dresses recently, that was very specific because of all the stuff that was going on in the White House regarding transgender rights. We started talking about it and we’re like, we have to start representing these people because you have to normalise that somehow publicly. There has to be visibility.”
Porter was not the only attendee to challenge the gender norm, with Judy Greer showing up in a relaxed tuxedo, while Porter’s co-star Cody Fern ditched the black tuxedo for a partly sheer blouse, curled hair and dark eyeshadow.
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