Woman's swimsuit

American
about 1962
Designed by Rudi Gernreich (American (born in Austria), 1922–1985)


Object Place: New York, New York, United States

Dimensions

Center back (bandeau): 12.7 cm (5 in.) Center back (tube top): 22.9 cm (9 in.)

Accession Number

2009.332.1-3

Medium or Technique

Wool knit; plastic buttons

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Woman’s bathing suit in three parts. Olive green bandeau with removable halter strap attached with two gray plastic buttons, bust darts. Tube top with narrow diagonal stripes of olive green and red, bust darts, button holes on each hip at side seams. Interior label: “Rudi Gernreich design for/Harmon knitwear/California.” Olive green bikini bottoms with gray shell buttons on each hip at side seams

Provenance

December 18, 2008, purchased from Skinner Auctioneers [Sale no. 2438, lot 607] by MFA (Accession date: February 25, 2009)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Textile and Costume Society, Museum of Fine Arts Boston