Vintage Rudi Gernreich Black and Silver Ruffle Sleeve Knit Dress 1967


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Vintage from the 1970s



Wow! This is an excellent example of Rudi Gernreich's signature style, made of sparkling knitwear, from his Fall 1967 collection. The drays lays beautiful on the body and has a distinctive pizazz with the layered, ruffled, silver sleeves - and two hidden slit pockets on the side.

The same dress is in the permeant collection at the Indianapolis Museum of Art!

Labeled US size 8.

34" Bust
33" Waist
36" 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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