Billy Porter and Rinat Brodach: Together Re-imagining Red Carpet Masculinity

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when a celebrity is preparing for their appearance on a major red carpet? How are they fitted for that show-stopping garment; how is the right look selected, and what is the time frame to select and fit the perfect red-carpet ensemble?

Fashion Reverie is fortunate to be able to provide to our viewers an inside look at “Pose’s” Billy Porter being styled and fitted for his red-carpet appearance at the 24th Critics’ Choice Awards. Styled and dressed by New York City–based Israeli-American fashion designer Rinat Brodach, Billy Porter made a dramatic impression on the 24th Critics’ Choice Awards’ red carpet. This has been a breakout season for veteran Broadway actor Billy Porter with several award nominations to his credit for his performance as the Ballroom MC Pray Tell in FX’s “Pose.” (Billy Porter won a 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Lola in “Kinky Boots.”)

Known for her unisex designs, Rinat Brodach earned her BFA in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art University and furthered her study with a year-long scholarship at prestigious The Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris. Brodach’s designs effortlessly and selectively enhance the female figure while capturing a gentle interplay between androgyny and sensuality. Woven into each garment is Brodach’s spiritual identity that exposes the light through darkness. Brodach is committed to a philosophy of truth, integrity, and quality, and maintaining a deep connection to the human soul.

For the 24th Critics’ Choice Awards, Rinat Brodach created for Billy Porter the “Tux Jumpsuit,” exploring the dialogue between male and female energy. A reinterpretation of the traditional tuxedo, the fine silk jumpsuit features asymmetrical lines and an oversized cummerbund bow.

“Billy Porter is the definition of raw and real. Working with him has been about so much more than fashion,” says Brodach as she reflects on the process of creating this look. She continues, “He is proof that focusing on the work despite rejection and criticism is what true artistry is about. It was such a pleasure to work with him and Sam Ratelle to produce this look. I appreciate them both for trusting me on this level.”

Photos courtesy of Michelle I. Arazi/RInat Brodach

Porter, a champion for rising talent, says, “Young designers, like Rinat, bring such incredible passion, raw talent and energy to collaborations. As an artist myself, I believe strongly in giving opportunity and exposure to new talent. And this jumpsuit is fierce!”

—Staff

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