Billy Porter's Costumes on Pose Will No Doubt Go Down in History
Even if you haven't watched Pose yet (and what are you waiting for?!), you probably already know that Billy Porter's costumes on the show are iconic. The hit FX drama, which is produced by Ryan Murphy, is groundbreaking because it's about LGBTQ+ New York City ballroom culture in the late '80s and early '90s. When the show first premiered in 2018, it made history as the scripted series with the most transgender actors appearing as series regulars ever. The show is now on its third season. Billy Porter is one of the many standout stars who have caught our attention, thanks to his portrayal of Pray Tell. He became the first openly gay Black man to win an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his role in 2019 and also won over the world with his flashy outfits on the show.
Costume designers Lou Eyrich and Analucia McGorty were in charge of bringing Billy's larger-than-life character to the screen. To capture Pray Tell's essence, the costume designers chose pieces that helped cement Billy's place as a fashion icon both on and off the show. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Eyrich and McGorty revealed how they nailed Billy's looks. "We get clothes from vintage stores and secondhand places and revise them. Maybe we'd have things from the '70s, which is authentic to what the dancers used, which is to find stuff at the Salvation Army and remake it as something on-trend and stylish," they said. From embellished button-downs paired with printed pants to chic silk robes worn over striped blouses, the duo certainly nailed Pray Tell's outfits on the show. Take a look back at some of our favorite outfits ahead.
Wearing an eye-catching green printed suit. It's hard to miss his matching lavender top hat.
We love how Pray Tell managed to make a white button down look even chicer with the embellished details and white printed pants.
It's hard to miss this green jacket and captain's hat that says "Yellow Cab" on it. The outfit was paired with a neck scarf and a couple of shiny brooches.
Talk about a show-stopping look! Here's Billy's character is wearing a shimmery sequined dress with a green and blue feathered jacket.
Billy's character was a pro at mixing prints. Here he is wearing a houndstooth jacket over a polka-dot blouse. The look was styled with white trousers and woven red slippers.
This loungewear look is one of our favorites. We love how the mixed print silk robe was worn over a yellow striped button-down.
This outfit of a yellow coat over a printed silk blouse comands attention — especially the embellished captain's hat.
Who needs a regular trench coat when you can wear one in vinyl?