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“Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich” Opens at LA’s Skirball Cultural Center

Peggy Moffitt modeling a black and white dress by Rudi Gernreich, fall 1971. Photography by William Claxton.


The world knows Rudi Gernreich for his monokini. That image of his model-muse Peggy Moffitt, with her sleek, five-point Vidal Sassoon haircut in the topless bathing suit, was the shot seen around the world and a symbol of the freewheeling 1960s. Arguably America’s first contemporary fashion designer, he gave us miniskirts, pantsuits, and unisex clothing, as well as the thong.

Peggy Moffitt in the Gernreich-designed monokini, 1964. Photography by William Claxton.


What many do not associate with Gernreich, however, was his social activism. Ideas we take for granted—body freedom, androgeny, gender equality, and fluidity—were less part of conversation than they are today. For Gernreich, they were his core concerns and he used fashion as a vehicle for expression. As portrayed by  “Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich” at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, which features more than 80 of his bold, graphic designs as well as accessories and sketches, the designer was fearless in his thinking as well as his approach to fashion.

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Gernreich’s vinyl and wool ensemble for Harmon Knitwear, resort 1968. Photography by William Claxton.


A Viennese émigré who arrived in Los Angeles at age 16 in 1938, Gernreich was fleeing anti-Semitism abroad. Upon settling stateside, he experienced homophobia, yet he found sanctuary studying dance in the racially integrated Lester Horton Dance Theater, where Alvin Ailey was later a student. Ergo, the duotard and swan costumes plus jumpsuits and caftans allowing for freedom of movement. The gay rights Mattachine Society also provided solace as did Los Angeles’s coterie of artists. Later, when Vietnam protests roiled the youth culture and hippies came on the scene, Gernreich studied these kids and made clothes that they might actually want to wear.

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Unisex ensemble by Gernreich for Harmon Knitwear, 1970. Courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center.


Upon the designer’s death in 1985, his partner of more than three decades established the ACLU Rudi Gernreich-Oreste Pucciani Endowment Fund to support the fight for LGBT rights. “Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich” runs through September 1, 2019.

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Gernreich with models at Watts Tower, Los Angeles, 1965. Photography by William Claxton.
Duotard ensemble for the Lewitsky Dance Company production of “Inscape,” 1976. Photography by Daniel Esgro.
Gernreich fashion at LA’s Wiltern Theater, 1985. Photography courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library.
Peggy Moffitt and Rudi Gernreich dancing. Photography by William Claxton.

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Black Golden Globes Outfits to Be Auctioned Off for the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund

The Golden Globes’ black-clad Hollywood stars aren’t finished doing their part to combat sexual harassment, assault, and gender and racial inequality in the workplace.

Last Sunday, actors and actresses including Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, Nicole Kidman, and Daniel Kaluuya donned the inky shade in solidarity with survivors of sexual harassment and assault, as well as to raise awareness about anti-workplace harassment initiative Time’s Up. Now, they’re putting those red carpet outfits up for auction to benefit Time’s Up’s legal defense fund. The initiative was announced on Wednesday by Time’s Up, eBay, and Condé Nast, who are partnering up to run the auction this Friday. All money raised will be donated to the legal defense fund, they announced.

“We’re thrilled that actors and others in the entertainment industry are leading in this extraordinary way to end the scourge of workplace sexual harassment,” said Fatima Goss Graves, the President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, which is in charge of Time’s Up’s legal defense fund. “Each time they’ve stepped up they’ve inspired more attorneys to join the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund and more individuals to contribute.”

According to a press release, the black dresses and tuxedos were donated by the designers, who include Versace, Vera Wang, Armani, Balenciaga, Gucci, Prada, and many others. The outfits will be available for bidding starting January 19, here, with the auction running through January 26.

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While they’ll no doubt end up in the hands of extremely wealthy people, there’s a way to participate even if you don’t have the funds to buy a dress worn by a Golden Globes winner. Three of the dresses, designed by Stella McCartney for Claire Foy, Diane von Furstenburg for Madeline Brewer, and Rosie Assoulin for Mandy Moore, will be up for sweepstakes for eBay users who donate $25 or more to the legal defense fund.

“At Condé Nast, we’ve always believed in the importance of swift action to support meaningful social change,” said Condé Nast Artistic Director and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour in the press release. “Through this auction powered by eBay for Charity, and harnessing the compelling pull of both fashion and activism, we’re hopeful that the black dresses worn at this year’s historic Golden Globe Awards will raise funds for the Time’s Up initiative, and serve to support the stories and voices of those who have been victims of sexual misconduct.”

Here is the full list of designers and celebrities who are donating their outfits:

Armani – Laura Dern

Balenciaga – Salma Hayek Pinault

Brandon Maxwell – Viola Davis

Brioni – Hugh Jackman

Calvin Klein – Sarah Paulson

Chanel Haute Couture – Caitriona Balfe

Chloe – Isabelle Huppert

Diane von Furstenberg – Madeline Brewer

Dior – Michelle Pfeiffer and Elisabeth Moss

Dolce & Gabbana – Sarah Jessica Parker

Givenchy – Nicole Kidman

Gucci – Dakota Johnson, Margot Robbie, Daniel Kaluuya

Louis Vuitton –Alicia Vikander, Michelle Williams, Emma Stone

Marc Jacobs – Tracee Ellis Ross

Monse – Maggie Gyllenhaal

Prabal Gurung – Issa Rae, Kerry Washington

Prada – Diane Kruger

Oscar de la Renta – Greta Gerwig

Ralph Lauren – Shailene Woodley

Ralph & Russo – Penelope Cruz

Ronald Van Den Kemp – Emma Watson

Rosie Assoulin – Mandy Moore

Saint Laurent – Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz

Stella McCartney – Claire Foy

Tom Ford – Gal Gadot and Neil Patrick Harris

Valentino – Seth Meyers, Kate Hudson, Lily James

Vera Wang – Meryl Streep

Versace – Saoirse Ronan

Zac Posen – Reese Witherspoon

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White Cut-Out Panels Create Displays At Miami Boutique By OHLAB

A series of geometric frames are installed through this Miami fashion store by design firm OHLAB, creating spaces for stepped shelves along the walls in between.

The In-Sight concept store in Downtown Miami is filled with over 20 timber boards, which are each cut with circular openings.

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