Ensemble, Rudi Gernreich (American (born Austria), Vienna 1922–1985 Los Angeles, California), wool, plastic, nylon, American


Rudi Gernreich (American (born Austria), Vienna 1922–1985 Los Angeles, California)
wool, plastic, nylon
Credit Line:
Gift of Léon Bing and Oreste F. Pucciani, 1988
Accession Number:
Not on view
In these Gernreich creations, vertical and horizontal windows—like the zips in a Barnett Newman painting overlaid on a figure—delineate an axis of nudity on the body. These dresses appeared on the cover of "Time" (December 1, 1967) accompanying a story on Gernreich that described him as "the most way-out, far-ahead designer in the U.S." The ensembles exemplify Gernreich's famous declaration: "A woman today can be anything she wants to be—a Gainsborough or a Reynolds or a Reynolds Wrap." Apparently, she can also be a Saran Wrap. (Shown with 1988.74.1a-f in foreground, also by Gernreich.)
Inscription: Label: (e) Maybe Bra/Exquisite Form/Rudi Gernreich

Marking: [label] (b) "Rudi Gernreich/Design for/Harmon Knitwear"
[label] (e) "Maybe Bra/Exquisite Form/Rudi Gernreich"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bare Witness," April 2, 1996–August 18, 1996.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion," May 6, 2009–August 9, 2009.

Universalmuseum Joanneum. "Rudi Gernreich," October 7, 2000–November 26, 2000.