The idiosyncratic style of fashion designer Rudi Gernreich

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Dancers Loretta Livingston and Kurt Weinheimer in “duotard” costume designed by Rudi Gernreich for the Lewitzky Dance Company’s Inscape production, 1976. Photo credit: Daniel Esgro

Rudi Gernreich redefined how the world saw swimsuits. The avant-garde darling of 1960s and 1970s fashion challenged conventional standards of beauty, gender, and identity. He brought the trends, politics, and art to life by using vibrant colors, geometric shapes, and incredible draping in his clothes. Now the Skirball Cultural Center has an exhibit about Gernreich’s innovative work called “Fearless Fashion.”

Part of the "Fearless Fashion" exhibit. Photo credit: Danny Moloshok

Rudi Gernreich holding bolts of fabric, 1966. Photo credit: William Claxton, LLC, courtesy of Demont Photo Management & Fahey/Klein Gallery Los Angeles, with permission of the Rudi Gernreich trademark