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This 56-Year-Old Pitoy Moreno Gown Made a Reappearance at the Oscars

Now THIS is outfit repeating done right.
This 56-Year-Old Pitoy Moreno Gown Made a Reappearance at the Oscars
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Now THIS is outfit repeating done right.

It's been 56 years since Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno won an Oscar for playing Anita in West Side Story, and tonight, at the same awards show five decades later, she made history by making her red carpet appearance in the exact gown she wore back then!

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Note the sexier, updated necklineit's a foolproof way to spruce some old threads up and render them ready to see the light of day again. The part about this stroke of outfit repeating genius we love the most? The dress was designed by none other than legendary Filipino couturier Pitoy Moreno!

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The story goes that Rita received news of her 1962 Best Supporting Actress nomination while filming a movie called Cry of Bataan in the Philippines, and Pitoy whipped the decadent black-and-gold creation up for her in record time. In her 2011 autobiography Rita Moreno: A Memoir, she wrote about the frock saying: "They would release me for only three days: one day to fly over, one day for the Oscar ceremony, and one day to fly back to the jungle. I didn't care. The important thing was that I was going! I ordered a heavily brocaded dress made of special Japanese obi fabric, a gorgeous gown with a black bateau top that I still have (and can still get into, happily)."

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