Maryland native Christian Siriano's 'tuxedo gown' for Billy Porter makes waves at Oscars

A "tuxedo gown" designed by Annapolis native Christian Siriano and worn by actor Billy Porter made waves at the 91st Academy Awards Sunday evening.

The gown blended traditionally masculine and feminine formal wear, with a tailored, black tuxedo jacket that appeared to transition into a dramatic velvet skirt.


Some took to social media Sunday to tweet about the gown’s striking silhouette and bold combination of styles.

Siriano tweeted a photo of Porter on the red carpet, commenting “shutting the carpet down In a Siriano velvet tuxedo gown.”


Siriano rose to fame following his successful participation on the reality television fashion design competition “Project Runway.”

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In recent years, he’s made a name in Hollywood as a designer who will dress all types of people, regardless of shape or ethnicity.

Siriano’s recent show during New York Fashion Week hinted that the designer might work with Porter in the future as the actor sat front row with his “Pose” co-star Mj Rodriguez.

That row of celebrities also included the likes of Debra Messing, Mariska Hargitay, Christina Hendricks and Christina Ricci. Siriano is known for filling his front row with top celebrity clients and friends.

Octavia Spencer wore a sparkling cobalt, off the shoulder flared gown by Siriano.

Actress Danielle MacDonald—who Siriano wrote was one of his “favorite actresses” wore a scarlet red frock with a matching mesh cape. The dress was eco friendly, Siriano wrote in an Instagram post.

And talk show host Kelly Ripa also dazzled in a halter top metallic, sparkling gunmetal ball gown.

Baltimore Sun reporter John-John Williams IV contributed to this article.