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Pinoy designer gets credit for Rita Moreno's 56-year-old gown at the Oscars

by Jojo Gabinete
Mar 5, 2018
Rita Moreno's gown 56 years ago made its Oscars comeback today, March 5 (Philippine time).

Rita Moreno's gown to the 90th Academy Awards made headlines today, March 5 (Philippine time).

After 56 years, it made its second appearance at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.

The gown finally made it to the Oscar red carpet.

Guess who designed it? Pitoy Moreno, Asia's fashion czar who died on January 15, 2018.

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The 86-year-old Hollywood star first wore the gown in 1962, when she won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the West Side Story.

Back then, "They didn't have a red carpet...It was so different."

Here are the other details she told Ryan Seacrest in a brief interview: "I thought it would tarnish.

"This is a 56-year old gown that I wore when I won my Oscar in 1962. This is the dress.

"It's been hanging in my closet, and I go and stroke it now and then.

"I just love—it was an amazing night."

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According to her, the black gown is made of obi, the same material used in Japanese kimonos, and was purchased from the Philippines.

Rita is one of the 12 people in the U.S. entertainment history to have won a Grammy, an Emmy, an Oscar, and a Tony.

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