There have been tonnes written on the elaborate process that goes into selecting that perfect dress for Oscars night, but here we have the legendary Rita Moreno who simply wore the dress she had previously worn back in 1962, which was the year she won the Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita Palacio in West Side Story. C’est simple!
This nostalgic selection has certainly endeared her to many, who immediately took to social media to share photos of the actress wearing the same gown from 1962. “I would think it would tarnish! I had no idea I was going to win, I was sure it was going to be Judy Garland for Judgment at Nuremberg. I flew in from Manila in the Philippines just in case, which is where this gown was made,” the 86-year-old actress, singer and dancer told E! host Ryan Seacrest ahead of the Oscars show. (See | Oscars 2018 Red Carpet: Who wore what?)
Moreno is apparently only one of 12 people in history to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. The actress slightly modified the number to make it more contemporary. She changed the neckline to a strapless version and accessorised the ensemble with a heavy gold necklace, long gloves and a chunky gold bracelet. (Also see | Oscars 2018 Fashion: Salma Hayek And Viola Davis Lead The Worst Dressed Brigade)
The story behind the outfit made it an endearing choice for the occasion. Once the story was broken on Twitter, Moreno herself tweeted out a confirmation.
— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) March 3, 2018
— Rita Moreno (@TheRitaMoreno) March 4, 2018
Of course, fans on social media were quite stoked about this, and shared their excitement online.
— alex (@sralances) March 4, 2018
OH MY GOD! Rita Moreno you’re amazing sweetie pic.twitter.com/kx9VP2JO5H
— bruna (@esmmastone) March 5, 2018
— Dave Quinn (@NineDaves) March 4, 2018
Rita Moreno wearing slaying the #Oscars in the same gown.
1962 – 2018 pic.twitter.com/kYe1AmPz7Y
— Dened Rey (@Hajabeg) March 4, 2018
Other than her amazing talent and inimitable spirit, what made Moreno’s 1962 win historic was that she was the first Latin American actress to win an Academy Award.