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Rudi Gernreich

Rudi Gernreich was an early supporter of the Mattachine Society, founded in 1950. It was one of the earliest LGBTQ+ organizations in the United States.A rare photo of the founding members of the Mattachine Society: Harry Hay (upper left), then (left to right) Konrad Stevens, Dale Jennings, Rudi Gernreich, Stan Witt, Bob Hull, Chuck Rowland (in glasses), Paul Bernard. Photo by James Gruber.Gallery owner Eugenia Butler with designer Rudi Gernreich, 1969.Peggy Moffitt models the monokini, the topless bathing suit designed by Rudi Gernreich in 1968.Rudi Gernreich helped define the fashion world of the 1960s.Rudi Gernreich and models, ca. 1970.A plaque on New York City’s Seventh Avenue Fashion Walk of Fame commemorates Gernreich’s impact on fashion. Only 27 other designers have been so honored thus far.A photo from the Life magazine feature “Double Exposed,” which showcased Gernreich’s vision for the future of fashion in the 1970s.A photo from the Life magazine feature “Double Exposed,” in which Gernreich introduced the concept of unisex clothing.Rudi Gernreich expanded the boundaries of what was considered acceptable and used his designs to shape the conversation about social issues.Rudi Gernreich with his muse and model Peggy Moffitt.Gernreich with models wearing his innovative unisex designs.Designer Gernreich on the cover of Time, December 1, 1967.The thong swimsuit, introduced to the public in 1974, was considered quite controversial at the time.Rudi Gernreich in his studio.