Vintage Rudi Gernreich Documented Red and Navy Block Knit Dress 1971

Vintage Rudi Gernreich Documented Red and Navy Block Knit Dress 1971


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Vintage from the 1970s



Very rare and collectible, this Rudi Gernreich dress design was originally worn by Peggy Moffitt for his 1971 campaign. The quirky design gives the illusion of a crop top and skirt, but is an illusion knit into the dress. Don't miss out on this opportunity to own a piece of fashion history!

Labeled US size 10.

34" Bust
30" Waist

In excellent vintage condition.

Wear is 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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