Billy Porter arrived at the Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday in a custom Hogan McLaughlin jumpsuit. The "Pose" star revealed on Instagram that the look was inspired by "the free-spiritedness of David Bowie and the 1970's disco-era." Porter's chest and arms also featured hand-painted butterflies, which were meant to signify "being released from the bondage of masculinity and flying free," according to his Instagram post.
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Billy Porter arrived at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles, California, ready to make a statement. While photos from the event make it look as if Porter was wearing a two-toned green gown, the "Pose" star actually donned a custom Hogan McLaughlin jumpsuit for the awards show.
Porter accessorized the jumpsuit with Lynn Ban jewelry and custom white platform boots by Coach. His chest and arms were also covered in hand-painted butterfly tattoos.
The 50-year-old actor revealed on Instagram that the fashion moment was inspired by the late David Bowie. In the caption, Porter wrote that the look "is inspired by the free-spiritedness of David Bowie and the 1970's disco era — my all-time favorite. The hand-painted butterfly tattoos by @heyannabee continue my theme for 2020, which is being released from the bondage of masculinity and flying free." "Just like the beautiful ladies from @poseonfx, we are often born into one stage of life and then cocoon into an incubation of self-discovery, transformation, and acceptance, ultimately being released into freedom as beautiful creatures," Porter added.
The Category Is: Fashion Gumby Butterfly Realness. 🦋 Today’s @criticschoice custom @hoganmclaughlin look styled by @sammyratelle is inspired by the free-spiritedness of David Bowie and the 1970’s disco era - my all-time favorite. The hand-painted butterfly tattoos by @heyannabee continue my theme for 2020, which is being released from the bondage of masculinity and flying free. Just like the beautiful ladies from @poseonfx, we are often born into one stage of life and then cocoon into an incubation of self-discovery, transformation, and acceptance, ultimately being released into freedom as beautiful creatures. Style by @sammyratelle Grooming and Tattoos by @heyannabee Nails by @nailzbyvee for @cndworld Styling Assistants @ashleydai1, @alexandra.bucokova Wearing custom @hoganmclaughlin of @peoplesrevteam Jewels by @lynn_ban Custom boots by @coach 📸 by @gettyentertainment A post shared by Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) on Jan 12, 2020 at 11:26pm PST on Jan 12, 2020 at 11:26pm PST
Porter also told Entertainment Tonight that he wore the butterflies to honor the transgender community. "The butterflies are a symbol of the transgender community, how you come from the cocoon, you come as one thing, and then you transform into something else," he said. "So I wanted to honor my peeps tonight." In February 2019, the "Pose" star spoke to Vogue about the importance of sending a message with his red-carpet fashion 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," he said.
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Billy Porter sparkled in a shimmering jumpsuit with a motorized fringe hat that covered his face at the 2020 Grammys
Billy Porter wore a turquoise jumpsuit and a hat with a mechanical row of crystal fringe...Billy Porter wore a turquoise jumpsuit and a hat with a mechanical row of crystal fringe at the 2020 Grammys red carpet. Porter's outfit was designed by Scott Studenberg of the brand Baja East. Porter's stylist, Sam Ratelle, told Vanity Fair reporter Kenzie Bryant that the mechanical hat was inspired by a bonnet Billie Eilish wore at the American Music Awards in November 2019. Porter, who is known for his red-carpet fashion, told Vanity Fair that he hoped his look sent the message: "Get out the way, 'cause like it or not, here she comes!" Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Actor Billy Porter has another memorable look to add to his red-carpet repertoire. Porter arrived at the 2020 Grammys in a bedazzled, turquoise jumpsuit and a hat that covered his face with layers of crystal fringe. The hat that Porter wore was complete with a motorized curtain of crystals that allowed the fringe to move away from his face — a design that he and his stylist, Sam Ratelle, created with designer Scott Studenberg of fashion brand Baja East, and milliner Sarah Sokol, according to Vanity Fair. Ratelle told Vanity Fair reporter Kenzie Bryant that Porter's red-carpet look was inspired by Billie Eilish, who wore a custom-made, beekeeper-style bonnet with a net that covered her face at the American Music Awards in November 2019. Ratelle was quoted in the Vanity Fair article saying that Porter loved the idea of Eilish's hat, but that he wanted the ability to show his face — which is how the idea of the mechanical "curtain" on his Grammys red-carpet hat came to be. A tweet from MEFeater Magazine shows a video of Porter's futuristic hat in action. YESSSSSS BILLY 🙌🏾 #Grammys pic.twitter.com/heagugaE2S — MEFeater Magazine (@mefeater) January 27, 2020 Porter's turquoise jumpsuit was also designed by Studenberg. The jumpsuit was covered in sparkles, and the pant legs featured layers of fringe, which matched the embellishments of the actor's hat. Porter also carried a fringe-clad clutch and wore platform boots, both of which were covered with silver sequins. The actor told Vanity Fair that the message of his look is: "Get out the way, 'cause like it or not, here she comes!" Representatives of Sam Ratelle, Scott Studenberg, Baja East, and Sarah Sokol did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. Read more: The wildest outfits celebrities have worn to the Grammy Awards over the years The best-dressed Grammy award-winning artist the year you were born The 11 biggest snubs of the 2020 Grammy nominations Here are all of the Grammy Awards 2020 nominees Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Each year, the US gets around 4 times as many twisters as the rest of the world combined — here's why