When it comes to the Oscars red carpet, celebrities typically show up in looks ripped straight from the latest runways or in custom creations never yet seen before. But Hollywood legend (and 2018 Oscars presenter) Rita Moreno decided to forgo something new for tonight’s show and instead opted to wear a gown that has been in her closet for some time — 56 years, to be exact. That’s right, Moreno is wearing the same gown tonight that she wore to her very first Academy Awards in 1962.
Moreno first teased her vintage look on Twitter, replying to a tweet from the Academy that listed her as a presenter with, “Wait till you see what I’m wearing!” Her daughter Fernanda Luisa Fisher then confirmed the news and Moreno herself responded shortly after with, “Yes, it’s true! See you all on the Red Carpet soon!”
The 86-year-old actress first wore the iconic gown, which features a black bodice with a high neckline and a full embellished skirt, when she won her first and only Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in West Side Story for her portrayal of Anita. (She’s since become the only Latin actress to also win an Emmy, Tony, and Grammy, making her one of the 12 EGOTs.) The fact that she not only still has, but can also still wear, the gorgeous gown more than five decades later has Twitter seriously impressed (as if Moreno wasn’t already impressive enough).
“I’m betting she’ll be just as stunning,” wrote one Twitter user. “That dress deserves to be worn again,” shared another. “I couldn’t get into a dress I wore in 2002, even if I still had it somewhere! #Legend,” another fan tweeted.
It seems Moreno has managed to turn the fashion faux pas of repeating an outfit (one that you’ve already been photographed in, no less) — and on Hollywood’s biggest night to boot — into the ultimate style success.
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