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Rudi Gernreich topless swimsuit 1960s We were all appropriately shocked! Fashion designer Rudi Gernreich introduced the monokini. Although not a commercial success, the suit opened eyes to new design possibilities. In the 1980s the thong or "tanga" came out of Brazil, said to have been inspired by traditional garments of native tribes in the Amazon. However, the one-piece suit continued to be popular for its more modest approach. Bathing Suits, 1960S, Fashion Design, Peggy Moffitt, One Pieces Swimsuits, Topless Bath, Bath Suits, Chapter 18, Rudi Gernreich
"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..."