Gernreich, Rudi, 1922-1985

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Dates:
Birth 1922-08-08
Death 1985-04-21
Americans

Biographical notes:

Gernreich was born on Aug. 8, 1922 in Vienna, Austria; in 1938 he escaped Nazi persecution and came with his mother to the US; in 1939 he joined Lester Horton Dance Company as both a dancer and designer, and finished his education at Los Angeles City College in 1940; took his first collection to New York in 1944 for Harper's Bazaar; revolutionized the acceptance of slacks for women's fashions, created the knit look, the topless bathing suit, the Unisex look, and the "thong" swimsuit; from 1976-82 designed sets and costumes for Bella Lewitzky's Dance Company; lover of Harry Hay at the time Hay founded the first modern American gay liberation movement, the Mattachine Society, in LA in 1950-51; Gernreich died in LA on Apr. 21, 1985.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1933-1985. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 41450810

Biography

Gernreich was born on August 8, 1922 in Vienna, Austria; in 1938 he escaped Nazi persecution and came with his mother to the U.S.; in 1939 he joined Lester Horton Dance Company as both a dancer and designer, and finished his education at Los Angeles City College in 1940; took his first collection to New York in 1944 for Harper's Bazaar ; revolutionized the acceptance of slacks for women's fashions, created the knit look, the topless bathing suit, the Unisex look, and the thong swimsuit; from 1976-82 designed sets and costumes for Bella Lewitzky's Dance Company; lover of Harry Hay at the time Hay founded the first modern American gay liberation movement, the Mattachine Society, in Los Angeles in 1950-51; Gernreich died in Los Angeles on April 21, 1985.

From the guide to the Rudi Gernreich Papers, ca. 1933-1985, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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Subjects:

  • Fashion designers--Archival resources

Occupations:

  • Fashion designers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources

Places:

  • California--Los Angeles (as recorded)