Billy Porter wore a velvet Christian Siriano tuxedo gown to the Oscars: impressive

Christian Siriano works so hard on the fashion for awards and he’s in high demand as he’s one of the few designers who dresses all women, not just the smallest ones. Last night he made headlines and history by being the first designer to dress a man in a gown for the Oscars (he said he didn’t think any man has worn a gown on the red carpet, but I remember those South Park guys wearing dresses to the Oscars in 2000 to poke fun, which is not the same). Christian said on E! that he made this gown in just a week and that it’s a strapless corseted gown underneath a jacket. He said “Billy wanted something different, wanted to push the boundaries.” It’s amazing.

Billy explained his decision to Vogue and you can read his full interview there. He said he’s always loved fashion, that he wanted to push gender boundaries and that he’s always wanted to wear a ball gown. He approached Christian about making him one, he was game and this is the result! I can’t believe it only took a week. I would say that the ruffled collar and sleeves are a bit much but that’s what they’re going for.


Also in Christian Siriano was Danielle Macdonald from Dumplin’. This is sustainable, the Siriano people sent us an email that says it’s “red cotton crepe vegetable dyed fabric with recycled tulle for the sleeves and minimal waste for the skirt and top.” It’s a great color and I like the fabric but it definitely needs fitting in the bust area. It’s like she needed another visit for tailoring.



Octavia Spencer has been loyal to Tadashi Shoji for years but she’s been branching out lately. This year she was in a navy blue sequin Christian Siriano gown with draped shoulders. This is really pretty I like it.



Photos credit: WENN

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  1. CharliePenn says:

    Wow they did Danielle dirty. There’s no excuse for the terrible fit of that dress. It doesn’t for her at all! It looks like a little girl playing dress up!

    The velvet tuxedo gown is glorious and elegant and very surprising, in the best way!

    • ByTheSea says:

      Yeah, but maybe she wanted it to be roomy and not form fitting? Others haven’t had this problem, so I’m guessing it was her preference.

    • Dtab says:

      I need to see more pics of it…She is standing awkwardly and leaning in this pic so I dont know. The colour is beautiful on her though

    • Elizabeth Suzanne Phillips says:

      I know! I was so sad to see this because she’s so beautiful. It’s the perfect shade of red for her, but the fit is just bad.

  2. ByTheSea says:

    I love that Christian has made a niche for himself being body positive and the go-to designer for non-size 0 people who still want to be glam. He’s not making caftans, here, he is going full-on glamour! love it.

  3. Mel says:

    I think Billy was probably the best dressed hands down! He looked amazing!

    • L84Tea says:

      It was jaw-dropping and simply amazing. The red carpet has never seen anything like it.

    • The Other Katherine says:

      Best gown I’ve seen at an awards show in years. LOVE. And huge props him for wearing what he wanted to wear — he looks amazing, and I love the synthesis of masculine and feminine elements in the presentation.

  4. grabbyhands says:

    Non one could have carried that off except Billy Porter and he rocked it.

  5. Renee2 says:

    Billy Porter’s gown looks like Ravens should fly out from underneath the skirt….I LOVE it, it’s so dramatic!!!

  6. RBC says:

    Billy Porter is on the red carpet! Everyone else can go sit down!

  7. frizz says:

    Love Billy Porter’s statement piece. It’s absolutely beautiful.

    I don’t like the other dresses, they’re very structurally similar 80s prom dresses.

  8. Marianne Hord says:

    Billy Porter is gonna be one of those fashion moments that we talk about for years to come. He looks absolutely fabulous. The other dresses are ok. Pretty but forgettable.

  9. Croatian says:

    I am female and I want to wear Billy’s gown!!!
    I remember Siriano from Project Runway years ago, he was so clearly utterly crazily talented, so glad he managed to navigate the business!

  10. Michael says:

    I am impressed that he had the guts to do this and very impressed that he pulled it off so spectacularly.

  11. Veronica S. says:

    The tuxedo gown is incredible. That is just pure fashion, fashion baby. Siriano and Porter should be feeling smug AF about looking that good on the red carpet.

    Gorgeous color on Octavia Spencer. Just lovely, if a classic cut that’s difficult to mess up.

  12. Lindy says:

    My husband, who probably never even notices what anyone wears, ever, and couldn’t name a designer if he had to, saw a picture of Porter in this tuxedo gown and said, “The red carpet has been done. Everyone else can just show up in jeans and a tee-shirt anymore.” It made me laugh but he’s right. This was showstopping.

  13. Socks says:

    Not a fan of Billy Porter’s gown. The whole tux part of it is throwing me off, it almost looks like a joke. I do like that he wore a gown and is owning it.

    • Esmom says:

      Just curious, what do you think would have looked better? I can’t imagine any other top to it. Maybe you feel thrown off because we are so accustomed to seeing pants with a tux top, which makes it a pretty strong artistic statement, imo.

  14. Avamae says:

    I like the guy and his outfit is interesting but imagine trying to sit with this wide skirt.

    The red dress is not fitting.
    It hangs awkward on her frame.

    The blue dress is fitting, it sits quite good on her frame.

  15. Pandy says:

    Billy looks ridiculous. That blue on Octavia is fabulous! Not feeling the Man Gown. At. All.

    • Mash says:

      RIGHT…i feel like im going to be stoned for saying that in these times… but it was a FULL NO for me. Though the tailoring was impeccable lol

      • Socks says:

        Yea, just didn’t do it for me. I think everyone’s saying he killed just cuz he’s a man in a gown 🤷🏼‍♀️

  16. Aren says:

    He looks stunning! I hope we get to see more males and females wearing amazing gowns instead of traditional ones.

  17. lucy2 says:

    I kind of love all of these, except for the terrible, terrible fitting on Danielle. The dress itself is lovely though, and she looks good, but it’s almost like they forgot an undergarment or something.

  18. I♡u says:

    Billy looks so tall in that outfit

  19. Sparkly says:

    They all look amazing. I LOVE the tuxedo gown. Glenn Close’s reaction was pretty amazing too.

  20. LaraK says:

    I love the tux gown! What gets me is that it looks masculine while still being very much a gown. Amazing!

  21. tealily says:

    I only watched a little bit of the red carpet last night, but my husband happened to catch a moment of it an was like “whoa, that guy’s jacket is amazing!” and it made me really happy. It’s cool to see dude’s get excited about fashion!

  22. a reader says:

    Glenn Close’s face…. PRICELESS! Like she’s taking in the whole look and silently giving her approval.

  23. Usedtobe says:

    I thought Billy Porter (I have no idea who he is) looked fantastic. However, I could not watch the red carpet beforehand because I was SO annoyed by them all but mostly him. He commented he was fangirling for every single freaking person he was interviewing and he was just annoying AF (imo). I also found Maria and Ashley super annoying and I missed Robin Roberts and the other classy ladies/gents who usually do the red carpet and don’t squeal like girls over the people they’re interviewing.

  24. phlyfiremama says:

    He was my best dressed for the night!! I literally GASPED when I saw the full pictures of his gown. Absolutely stunning, and he KNEW it and owned it~

  25. Ella says:

    He looks really silly.

  26. Anastasia says:

    I think what Porter did was fantastic and I encourage more of this! Let’s pressure men to wear makeup!

  27. Maxine says:

    I love the look on the face of Glenn Close. It says “Oh gorgeous. Mhhmmm oh you slay me.” If she looked at me in a gown like this I’d know I did something so very right and her dress was wonderful also. Its beautiful and he did a wonderful job showing the dress its self and not a ” see me, see me. Im in a dress.” I love that. Let it speak for its self and slay the world.