The J. Paul Getty Museum

Peggy Moffitt in Rudi Gernreich, Topless Swimsuit

Object Details

Title:

Peggy Moffitt in Rudi Gernreich, Topless Swimsuit

Artist/Maker:

William Claxton (American, 1927 - 2008)

Culture:

American

Place:

Los Angeles, California, United States (Place Created)

Date:

1964

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

2015.24.1

Dimensions:

35.2 × 27.8 cm (13 7/8 × 10 15/16 in.)

Copyright:

© The William Claxton Estate

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Object Description

A dark haired woman, Peggy Moffitt, posing in a topless bathing suit designed by Los Angeles-based designer Rudi Gernreich.

Provenance
Provenance
1964 - 2015

Estate of William Claxton, American, 1927 - 2008 (Los Angeles. California), sold through Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011 (June 26, 2018 to September 22, 2019)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 26 to October 21, 2018
Bibliography
Bibliography

Walls, Jeannette. “High Fashion’s Lowest Neckline.” New York Magazine (January 14, 1991), p. 21.

Moffitt, Peggy, and Claxton, William. The Rudi Gernreich Book (New York: Rizzoli, 1991), p. 71.

Barron, Stephanie, Sherie Bernstein, and Ilene Fort.  Made in California: Art, Image and Identity, 1900-2000, exh. cat. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000), p. 219.

Felderer, Brigitte. Rudi Gernreich: Fashion Will Go Out of Fashion, exh. cat. (Cologne: DuMont, 2000), p. 59.

Shteir, Rachel. Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), p. 318.