Rudi Gernreich (American, born Austria, 19221985)
Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1996 (1996.118.4ab)
This bikini of brown wool knit with black wool banded edges is an amalgamation of angles. The top is composed of four triangles with all edges traced by wide, flat strips of black knit. The bottom, also traced in black, has additional black bands attached at the low-slung waistline that criss-cross once around the midriff. With this collection, Gernreich pays homage to Georges Rouault (18711958), a French Expressionist painter known for bordering his images with thick black lines.