Vintage Rudi Gernreich For Harmon Knitwear Black and White Check, Empire Waist Maxi Dress 1971


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Vintage from the 1970s


knit, triacetate, nylon

This is an amazing example of Rudi Gernreich's work! This design for Harmon Knitwear features a bodice trimmed with a black knit bands that define the bust. There is an inverted pleat at the center front and back, with a center back zipper. The empire waist silhouette is flattering to women of all shapes. Labeled US size 4. 83% Triacetate and 17% Nylon.

Dated 1971.

30" Bust
28" Waist
52.5" Length

In excellent vintage condition.

Wear consistent with age and use.

Rudi Gernreich was born in Vienna but fled to California in 1938, where he studied in Los Angeles. He worked as a dancer and costume designer before becoming a freelance designer. In 1951 he began designing for Walter Bass and, in 1953, Westwood Knitting Mills. Gernreich produced knitwear that was comfortable and unstructured. He designed under both labels until 1959, when he left to start his own label and to design for Harmon Knits.

He created a sensation with topless bathing suit worn by Peggy Moffitt in 1964 and made popular knitwear and long, straight, halter dresses. He often used fabrics with geometric patterns and narrow stripes and introduced plastic fabrics in futuristic modes. Gernreich went into semi-retirement in 1968, but continued to produce knits into the early 1970s.

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