How the royal family and Kensington Palace inspired Billy Porter’s Oscars 2020 outfit

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Billy Porter, wore a gown inspired by Kensington Palace – home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for this year’s Oscar Awards.


The gown was designed by British fashion designer, Giles Deacon, with a gold foil feathered bodice and Roman military detail found in the palace’s opulent Cupola Room. Photos of the room were shared on Twitter by Historic Royal Palaces with an explanation that it was “the vision of early eighteenth-century artist William Kent.”


To complete the look Billy wore jewellery from Atelier Swarovski, a custom clutch bag by Judith Leiber and gold lace-up platform shoes by Jimmy Choo. 

His makeup was by Anna Bernabe, on behalf of e.l.f Cosmetics.  


Speaking on Billy’s makeup look, Anna said:

“After seeing Billy’s incredible gown, I was inspired to highlight his complexion and embrace the opulence that is Billy Porter. To keep with the royalty theme, we wanted his beautiful facial structure to shine through, so we used radiating products that complemented and accentuated his natural complexion.”

The teamwork of Sam Ratelle,Billy’s stylist, who had taken a tour of Kensington Palace last year and Giles Deacon made the American one of the highlights of the event. 


Mr Deacon told the newspaper: “I love the idea of Billy being this kind of messenger sent from the gods.”

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