Why Brad Pitt Wore a Skirt for the ‘Bullet Train’ Red Carpet

  • Brad Pitt wore a matching skirt and blazer to the German “Bullet Train” premiere.
  • He wore them because “we’re all going to die.”
  • Pitt picked a different look for the Los Angeles premiere of the film.

Brad Pitt explained why he chose to wear a skirt to the Berlin premiere of his new movie “Bullet Train” in July.

“I don’t know! We’re all going to die, so let’s mess it up,” Pitt told Variety’s Marc Malkin in an interview at the film’s Los Angeles premiere on Monday, where he wore a Kelly green leisure suit, teal long-sleeved top, and mustard and oxblood sneakers,

At the earlier premiere in Germany, the Oscar-winning movie star made headlines after pairing a brown skirt with a matching brown blazer and a rumpled mauve button-down shirt. He accessorized that outfit with brown sunglasses, black combat boots, and rows of chains anchored by chunky medallions. 

Pitt is far from the only male celebrity to move beyond conventional gender norms in fashion.

Gender nonconforming fashion has been standard in the LGBTQ community for generations, but it has been going mainstream in recent years and has become more normalized on red carpets and at events. Celebrities like Jared Leto, Kid Cudi, and Harry Styles have all been part of bringing gender-free fashion to the forefront of pop culture.

Brad Pitt in skirt at Bullet Train premiere

Brad Pitt wore his skirt suit with a complimentary mauve shirt.

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Pitt himself has expressed interest in gender-free fashion in the past. He wore a series of dresses for a 1999 Rolling Stone cover shoot. In 2004, Pitt told British Vogue that “men will be wearing skirts by next summer” in an interview about his film “Troy.” In the movie, adapted from the classic Greek epic poem “The Iliad,” Pitt played Achilles and wore a leather skirt.

“That’s my prediction and proclamation. The film answers to both genders. We were going for realism and Greeks wore skirts all the time then,” he added. 

More recently, he told Esquire in a 2021 interview that “comfort” was his first priority when selecting clothing and that he found chasing fashion trends “exhausting.”

A picture of Brad Pitt in "Troy."

Brad Pitt predicted more men would be wearing skirts in a 2004 British Vogue interview promoting “Troy.”

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.


Pitt portrays a hitman with the code name Ladybug who is surrounded by other hitters while he is trying to pull off a job in “Bullet Train.”

Sandra Bullock, Bad Bunny, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Joey King, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson also star in the action flick from director David Leitch.  

“Bullet Train” arrives in theaters on Friday, August 5.

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