Billy Porter didn't expect his Oscars tuxedo dress to 'break the Internet'

Billy Porter at the 2019 Oscars

Billy Porter didn't think his 2019 Oscars tuxedo dress would become the "defining moment" of his career.

The Pose star wore the show-stopping Christian Siriano creation to the annual ceremony last year, and in an op-ed for Vogue.com, he opened up about the overwhelming reaction to the piece.

Calling the Academy Awards "the Super Bowl for the arts", Billy revealed he wanted to attract attention with his look but didn’t anticipate how much of a sensation it would become.

"I thought carefully about the first impression; when the camera is close, it looks like a traditional tuxedo and then when it pulls back and it’s a ball gown, I knew it would create a conversation," the 50-year-old explained.

"I just didn’t think it would break the Internet and be the defining moment of my career," he gushed, before adding that he now dubs the tuxedo dress "BO/AO – before Oscars, after Oscars".

"Because I will never be able to go anywhere in my life, for the rest of my life and beyond, without this being a conversation, which is very special," Billy added.

He also shared his unique thought process behind picking his looks for the red carpet and said that he wants to get a political conversation going with his extravagant gowns.

“How I dress is always intentional," he said. "People make their decisions about you based on what you look like, so I dressed up. We dressed up. Black people from my generation were dressing up because that was the first impression."

Elsewhere in the op-ed, Billy admitted that he's not a fan of the current sportswear fashion trend.

"All of the athleisure wear – which is great, no shade, no disrespect, no judgement – it’s just that’s not where I came from," he stated.

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