I’ve been spending a lot more time in bathing suits. Bikinis are usually the swimwear of my choice. After trying on lots of suits, I found myself thinking about the evolution of swimwear. Early suits were made of of wool jersey. As fashion progressed, swimwear has revealed more and more of the body. Yet none have bared as much as the swimwear designed by Rudi Gernreich. He gained a spot in the history books for his monokini – which was a topless bathing suit.
The monokini, introduced in 1964, was suspended by two small straps and completely bared the breasts. Gernreich sought to create futuristic fashions, which included provocative designs, androgyny, and the use of industrial materials like vinyl and plastic.
The monokini caused quite a stir, and Gernreich sold thousands. He also had more traditional swimwear, which I find quite adorable. While I can appreciate the monokini, I prefer Gernreich’s more tame suits.
This bikini is so festive! It reminds me of a hula skirt.
Polka dots and different colors make for an interesting suit.
But I really love this yellow and orange combo. Makes me want to buy some new suits!