Rudi gernreich topless bikini
Rudi Gernreich American, born Austria. Not on view. Though swimwear always extends the possibility of a view to the body, the monokini caused quite a stir when it debuted in Gernreich's paradox is that the bottom of the topless suit is very conservative, with ample coverage and made in the same wool material that had been used for Victorian bathing apparel.
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As model and muse to designer Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt was a style icon of the sixties. Peggy was born in California in She beg I never tire of looking at Rudi Gernreich swimwear. Today we show you a few more of his brilliant pieces. Models Lisa Taylor and Jerry Hall
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The First Monokini: Trying to make the Topless Swimsuit happen in 1964
W hen we think of the monokini today, we picture those fiddly one-piece swimsuits that give you awkward tan lines, popularised by the Kardashian and Hilton sisters. In this press shoot I found in the LIFE archives , photographer Paul Schutzer captures model Daphne Dayle showing off the topless design for a pack of hungry male journalists. Rudi and his mother fled Austria after its annexation to Nazi Germany, where Hitler had banned nudity, among many other acts. Gernreich was very much against sexualization of the human body and the notion that the body was essentially shameful, which was reflected prominently in his designs….
The monokini , designed by Rudi Gernreich in , consisting of only a brief, close-fitting bottom and two thin straps,  was the first women's topless swimsuit. Gernreich designed the monokini as a protest against a repressive society. He didn't initially intend to produce the monokini commercially,  but was persuaded by Susanne Kirtland of Look to make it available to the public.
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