Billy Porter stuns in Francis Libiran's matador-inspired creation

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Billy Porter wearing a matador-inspired Francis Libiran creation the premiere of FX Network's Pose Season 2 in New York City on Wednesday, June 5.

Filipino fashion designer Francis Libiran adds another A-list Hollywood celebrity to his list of clients.

This time, it's Grammy and Tony-award winning actor Billy Porter.

On Wednesday, June 5, Billy attended the premiere of FX Network's Pose Season 2 in New York City.

The 49-year-old American actor and stage performer wore a custom-made matador-inspired creation by Francis, who added his signature art deco details.

Billy posted on Instagram his outfit early today, June 6, and thanked Francis.

He wrote, "The Category Is: @poseonfx Season II NYC Premiere Realness.

"Thank you @francislibiran8 for this stunning custom couture piece you sent all the way from The Philippines.

"I feel like a Matador Kween! Coming for all the bullies and killing them with love and slayage. #posefx"


The Hollywood Reporter talked to Billy's go-to stylist Sam Ratelle, who revealed more details about Francis's creation.

"It’s very synergistic to be a bullfighter; you know, we’re fighting bullies all the time!

"It’s still masculine and feminine, but I wanted to depict his strength and how far he’s [Billy] come.

"At the same time, I wanted to make sure it was art.

"Because he’s always telling me, 'I want to look like wearable art.'

"The designer said, ‘It’s Billy Porter. I think we need something big.’

"And I was like, ‘Well, we go big or go home!’

"So he included a skirt attached to the cummerbund.

"It’s probably the heaviest thing he’s ever worn.

"It weighs at least 25 pounds, and he’ll literally take up at least 10 feet of the carpet. It’s grand."

Asked what their end goal for the whole look was, Sam said, "It’s all about changing perception.


"We want to keep challenging the notion of what it means to dress like a man or a woman.

"Women have been wearing pants for decades, but you put a dude in a skirt and it's like the world falls apart.

"We want to keep expressing that it's okay to literally wear whatever you want."

Billy has been making headlines in the past few months with his red-carpet looks.

This February, he made heads turn with his tuxedo gown designed by Christian Siriano at the Oscars.

In May, he dressed up as the "Sun God" at the MET Gala 2019. The custom-made cat suit and headpiece were designed by The Blonds.


Nikko Tuazon is a lifestyle writer with a strong interest in pop culture, fashion, beauty, and music. Connect with him on Instagram at @mrnikkotuazon.


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