Rudi Gernreich Knit Wool Dress, $2,800  $1,600
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Rare bright pink unlined knit wool shift dress with a-line flare by Rudi Gernreich. Minidress features a netted upper panel and high neckline, topstitched seam details and a covered partial back zipper closure. Labelled size 8 but due to cut and fabric stretch dress size ranges from size 4-8.

ERA  1960s

CONDITION   excellent

bust 32-36”
waist 30”
hip 39”
length 35”

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Rudi Gernreich (1952 - 1980s)

Perhaps most famous for his 1964 topless bathing suit, Austrian born Rudi Gernreich was a dancer in his youth and this love of movement informed his design aesthetic that freed women’s bodies.  His roots in the Bauhaus movement also led him to favor function over form and these forces combined to create a designer whose clothes were revolutionary in the 1950s using tights and leotards instead of boning and underpinning.  His model and friend Peggy Moffit called him, “a fashion profit who came up with all of today’s trends yesterday.”  Based on the Maillot swimsuit of the 1920s Gernreich added elastic to hug the female form in swimsuits and later adapted it into the tube dress.  An early forerunner of the emancipation of women he invented the “no bra” bra with a soft nylon cup that followed rather than dictated a woman’s natural shape.  In the 1960s he introduced the concept of unisex clothes offering floor length kaftans and white bell-bottomed pants for fashion forward women and men.  He experimented constantly with the possibilities of various materials using cutouts, vinyl, and plastic, and mixing patterns such as checks with dots but always with the goal to expose, not to hide the human form.
Size & Condition Guide


Excellent: no visible flaws or signs of wear
Very Good: subtle signs of wear or a minor flaw
Good: wearable but slightly flawed or worn

Size and Measurements

We suggest taking your own bust, waist and hip measurements since vintage garments tend to be more fitted and it is often the best way to determine proper fit. Measure around the fullest area of your bust and hips and narrowest part of your waist while wearing minimal undergarments. Most of our pieces are measured flat and it can be helpful to take a garment with a similar cut and style that fits you well and compare some measurements, for example when considering coats that need room for layering or a-line shift dresses that are meant to fit snugly over the bust and flare out from the waist and hip. Lay the garment out on a flat, even surface with all zippers and buttons closed and extend the tape in as straight a line as possible for each measurement listed below.

Bust: across chest from one underarm seam to other, double
Waist: across narrowest area from one side seam to other, double
Hip: across hip area (7-9” below waist) from one side seam to other, double
Shoulder: across upper back of garment from point where shoulder seam meets armhole seam from one side to the other
Sleeve: from top of armhole/shoulder seam to sleeve edge
Arm: from one side of neckline edge, over shoulder line, down to hem edge
Length: down middle of back from neck edge to bottom hem or from middle point of left or right shoulder seam, over bust, to bottom hem if garment has a low neckline
Bodice Length: from middle of either shoulder seam, over bust, to waist seam
Skirt Length: from top of waistband to bottom seamline
Inseam: from center of crotch along inner seam of one leg to hem