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Billy Porter steals the show again at Met Gala in gold outfit

PinkNews Staff Writer May 7, 2019
Billy Porter in gold at Met Gala 2019

Billy Porter attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty)

Pose star Billy Porter, who was one of the fashion highlights of this year’s Oscars, has done it again at the Met Gala.

Porter, 49, stole the show on a star-studded red carpet, in a stunning bejewelled catsuit—complete with 10-foot gold wings.

Porter was carried into the Met Gala, which this year celebrated all things camp, on a litter carried by six shirtless men.

Billy Porter on red carpet at Met Gala
Billy Porter attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty)

Billy Porter’s Met Gala outfit explained

Porter’s outfit at the Met Gala was designed by The Blonds and takes its inspiration from Ancient Egypt. Porter dressed as a “Sun God,” reports Vogue, who spoke to the actor ahead of his red carpet appearance.

As well as his show-stopping outfit, Porter was also blinged out with eye-popping accessories, including a 24-karat gold headdress and custom gold shoes designed by Giuseppe Zanotti.

Billy Porter carried into Met Gala by shirtless men
Billy Porter attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (John Lamparski/Getty)

Billy Porter’s take on camp at the Met Gala

“Camp is often used as a pejorative,” Porter told Vogue about his outfit.

“What I love about having it at the Met Gala, and contextualising camp, is it brings honour to a word and genre that can be discounted very often, or thought of as cheesy. When it’s done properly, it’s one of the highest forms of fashion and art.”

Porter told Vogue he spoke to Pose creator Ryan Murphy about what he should wear to the Met Gala ahead of fashion’s biggest night.

Some of the inspirations for the outfit include the classic Elizabeth Taylor movie, Cleopatra, about the Ptolemaic-era queen.

Designer David Blond told Vogue that, overall, “Billy will be wearing well over a million crystals, beads, and chains!”

Billy Porter at Oscars 2019 in a tux dress.
Billy Porter attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty)

Porter told Vogue that this was his first time being invited to the Met Gala after years of trying.

The veteran Broadway star acknowledged that he couldn’t top his incredible tuxedo gown at the Oscars in February, but wasn’t trying to.

“How am I going to top a tuxedo dress? It’s not about topping it. It’s just about showing up and being the best bitch you can be,” he said.

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