When it comes to the Oscars, celebrities typically show up to the red carpet in looks ripped straight from the latest runways or custom-made just for the occasion. But Hollywood legend (and 2018 Academy Award presenter) Rita Moreno is forgoing something new for tonight’s ceremony, instead opting to wear a gown that has been hanging in her closet for some time—56 years to be exact.
For the 90th annual Academy Awards, the Puerto Rican actress decided to bring back the gown she wore to her very first Oscars, where she won the Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of Anita in West Site Story, back in 1962. Here's a picture from its debut.
The dress featured a black bodice with a high neckline and a full skirt made from obi, the sash typically worn with a traditional Japanese kimono, Moreno told E! on the red carpet on Sunday evening.
Moreno first teased her vintage look on Twitter, replying to a tweet from the Academy that listed her as a presenter. "Wait till you see what I’m wearing!,” she wrote. Her daughter, Fernanda Luisa Fisher, then confirmed the news to Vanity Fair.
Moreno made some adjustments to the garment for the 2018 Oscars. Firstly, she switched up the neckline, swapping the high neck for a strapless sweetheart bodice. She also added a statement necklace. Check out the updated look.
Even before the actress arrived on the red carpet, fans were psyched to see Moreno's original Oscars dress get another red carpet moment. “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.
Since winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1962, Moreno went on to become the only Latin actress to also win an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy, making her one of only 12 EGOT winners. She currently stars on Netflix's One Day at a Time. The fact that she not only managed to keep, but also revamp this gorgeous gown more than five decades later makes her all the more of a legend.