Topless Swimsuit (swimsuit)

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Topless Swimsuit

Peggy Moffit wearing a black Topless Swimsuit
Peggy Moffit wearing a black Topless Swimsuit
Type: Swimsuit
Materials: Wool knit
Style: Open bust
Colors: Various
Manufacturer: Harmon Knitwear
Harmon Knitwear
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Designer: Rudi Gernreich
Collection: 1964
Known wearers
Worn by: Carol Doda
Laetitia Casta
Laetitia Casta wearing a yellow and white checkered Topless Swimsuit
Photo: Russell James

The Topless Swimsuit (sometimes also called Topless Bathing Suit)[1] is an open bust swimsuit designed by Rudi Gernreich for Harmon Knitwear.[2]


Peggy Moffit, a model from the 1960s who presented the swimsuit oficially in 1964,[3] said "it was a logical evolution of Gernreich's avant-garde ideas in swimwear design as much as a scandalous symbol of the Permissive Society".[4]


  1. Harris, Frank (1996). topless at the met - "bare witness: clothing and nudity" at the metropolitan museum costume institute. artnet. Retrieved on 2009-01-08.
  2. Rudi Gernreich Collection. Kent State University Museum. Retrieved on 2009-01-08.
  3. Rice, Robin (2001-09-13). Rudi to Wear. Philadelphia Citypaper. Retrieved on 2009-01-08.
  4. Menkes, Suzy (1993-07-18). Remembrance of Thongs Past. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-01-08.