Rudy Gernreich (August 8, 1922 – April 21, 1985) is best known for his work as a fashion designer in unconventional and trendsetting textiles and designs. He introduced androgyny for women with men’s style hats and suits, designed the first see through clothes and invented bodywear based on leotard and tights.
Early in his career he performed with Lester Horton from 1942-1948. He also designed costumes for the company until 1952 when he began designing clothing.
His awards include: Sports Illustrated Designer of the Year (1956), Sports Illustrated Looking Good Award (1963), Coty American Fashion Critic’s Award (1963, 1966, 1967).
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