Moreno recycles her 1962 Oscars gown at the 2018 Oscars

Rita Moreno, in the dress she wore when she won an Oscar in 1962 for her role in "West Side Story," at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, March 4, 2018.

Recycling has never been more elegant. Actress Rita Moreno walked the Oscars red carpet Sunday in the same black and gold gown she wore to the Oscars in 1962, when she won the statue for best actress in a supporting role for “West Side Story.”

“I would think it would tarnish,” Moreno, 86, told Ryan Seacrest, who was hosting the red carpet broadcast for E!

Moreno — a Puerto Rican who is one of just 12 people to hold an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) — said the skirt was made from a single piece of obi fabric, which is traditionally used to construct kimonos.


The dress was created in Manila and was made strapless. And unlike the first time around, she accessorized it heavily, wearing a black headband, a black and gold collar necklace, a chunky bracelet and earrings and elbow length gloves, which she also wore in 1962.

“Wait till you see what I’m wearing!!!” Moreno tweeted late last month.

When she accepted her Academy Award more than 55 years ago, she gave only a 15-second speech. Why? She had no clue that she would win, she told Seacrest on Sunday night. “I was sure it was going to be Judy Garland,” she said. Garland had been nominated for “Judgment at Nuremberg.”

Moreno now stars in the television show “One Day at a Time,” a reboot of the 1970s-’80s Norman Lear sitcom of the same name. In January at the Golden Globes, Moreno made another notable entrance, cruising down the red carpet on a red scooter with Lear at the helm.

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