Peggy Moffitt

Beyond the Bared Breast

Beyond the Bared Breast

Revisiting the Significance of Rudi Gernreich

Austrian-American designer Rudi Gernreich is best known for his topless bathing suit, or the ‘monokini’ as it was dubbed, embodied by Peggy Moffitt. However the designer’s influence was more profound: from his involvement in the early strands of America’s gay rights movement, to his bold and often controversial statements he made as a designer that questioned the role of fashion in culture.