Rita Moreno same Oscars gown

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Iconic actress Rita Moreno recycled the Oscars gown she wore in 1962

Rita Moreno celebrated over half of a century of working in the film industry by wearing the gown she wore to her first Oscars in 1962.


Tess Cagle


Posted on Mar 5, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 10:48 pm CDT

Comedian Tiffany Haddish might have turned heads at the Oscars Sunday night for recycling an Alexander McQueen dress she’d already worn on a red carpet, but she wasn’t the only star who re-wore one of her favorite dresses.

Rita Moreno paid homage to the first Academy Awards she ever attended in 1962 by sporting the same gown she wore when she won best supporting actress for her role as Annie in West Side Story.

The 56-year-old black gown originally featured a high neckline and floor-length skirt made from obi, the sash typically worn with a traditional Japanese kimono, Moreno told E! on the red carpet Sunday evening. But for the 2018 award ceremony, Moreno updated the gown by changing the high neck to a strapless sweetheart bodice and adding a statement necklace.

Moreno first hinted that she would be bringing back the vintage dress on Twitter on Feb. 27. Her daughter, Fernanda Luisa Fisher, then confirmed the news to Vanity Fair on Saturday.

The gown not only serves as a tribute to the 86-year-old actress’s half-century in the film industry but also to the power of diversity. Moreno was the first Latin actress to win a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy, making her one of only 12 EGOTs. Her gown was also designed by Filipino designer Pitoy Moreno—popularly known as the Fashion Czar of Asia who’s said to have paved the way for young Filipino designers around the world. He died on Jan. 15.

Academy Awards watchers were big fans of the gown.


Fans can now watch Moreno on Netflix’s TV series One Day At A Time or can throwback to the ‘60s by streaming West Side Story on HBO GO. You can also watch her accept her Oscar 56 years ago.

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*First Published: Mar 5, 2018, 10:18 am CST