Rudi Gernreich 1976 sculptural jersey maxi

Rudi Gernreich 1976 Collection sculptural jersey

This Iconic dress, as photographed by David Bailey on Peggy Moffat is a piece of fashion history

In 1975, shortly after the release of his infamous thong bikini, famed designer Rudi Gernreich, created this gorgeous collection of sleek black ban-lon jersey paired with sculptural metal art in collaboration with the jewelry designer Christopher Den Baker.

The collection featured five pieces and was one of ease and slim fitted, body hugging jersey with a space age element of silver design.

These photos are iconic, as photographed by David Bailey on Peggy Moffat in 1976.

In an excerpt from the New York Times published in April 1975:

The blending of Ban‐Lon and aluminum takes the shape of a slithery sheath with a metal collar, a one shoulder dress with a metal strap and another with one small sleeve ending in an arm band of aluminum. A long‐sleeve dress has a metal cuff bracelet, and another style has a wiggly metal band around the neck, which helps support the dress.
— https://www.nytimes.com/1975/04/18/archives/fashion-talk-basic-dresses-in-sexy-prints-and-washable.html
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After years in textiles and costume design, Rudi Gernreich gained fame when he designed the first “topless” swimsuit which he called the Monokini in 1964, and then as the featured designer in the first ever fashion art film BASIC BLACK with model Peggy Moffat and William Claxton in 1967.


Well known for pushing the limits of fashion, art and sexuality, his work is still maintains immense relevance today, and was featured in Vanity Fair in regards to his designs being celebrated in recent exhibitions shown in New York and Los Angeles.