Rita Moreno Wears Proudly Pinoy at the Red Carpet of the 90th Academy Awards
Long before the words Pinoy Pride came to be, a gown reportedly created by Filipino designer Jose “Pitoy” Moreno had made it to the Oscars.
Puerto Rican artist Rita Moreno wore the black and gold gown when she she won best supporting actress Oscar for her role in the musical film "West Side Story” in 1962.
According to People, Moreno said, “This is the gown I wore in 1962 when I won my Oscar. This was made in the Philippines.”
When Rita Moreno walked the red carpet for 90th Academy Awards, she was wearing the same gown. Moreno told E!'s Ryan Seacrest that the skirt was made from a material traditionally used to make Japanese kimonos.
“I would think it would tarnish,” Moreno said.
“She bought the fabric herself and had an architect make it,” said Moreno’s daughter Francesca Gordon of the sleeveless, halter-neck gown with a billowing gold-patterned skirt, which her mother paired with black opera gloves when she accepted her gold statuette in 1962.
Moreno is one of only a dozen performers to hold the EGOT designation, having won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. She is the only Latin artist to hold the honor.