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"Monokini" Swimsuit, Rudi Gernreich for Harmon Knitwear: 1964, striped wool jersey. "This is the "monokini," a topless bathing suit that shocked the world. This showed the new realization that the skin itself could become a beautiful garment... In 1964 he introduced a topless bathing suit, which he named the "monokini," in contrast to the "bikini," the two-piece swimming suit in fashion in those days. He introduced the thin skin-colored nylon brassiere known as the "No-Bra" in 1965..."

Caftan 1970 Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985) This caftan is the ultimate expression of Gernreich's dislike for fashions that confined movement. As a designer, Gernreich worked to liberate the body. His No-Bra bras, unlined bras offering a natural look, and the famous breast-baring monokini, demonstrate this effort.

1965, Peggy Moffitt in Rudi Gernreich