Scope and Content
Title: Rudi Gernreich Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1933-1985
Collection number: 1702
Creator: Gernreich, Rudi, 1922-1985
Extent: 79 boxes (39.5 linear ft.)
3 cartons (3 linear ft.)
107 oversize boxes
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985) was a dancer and fashion designer. He revolutionized the acceptance of slacks for women's fashions,
created the knit look, the topless bathing suit, the Unisex look, and the thong swimsuit. He also designed the sets and costumes
for Bella Lewitzky's Dance Company. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, bills, photographs, family papers as
well as clothing, accessories, products, and related items designed by Gernreich.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Copyright to portions of this collection has been assigned to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. The library
can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote
must be submitted in writing to
the Manuscripts Librarian, Department of Special Collections.] Credit shall be given as follows: [c in circle] The Regents
of the University of California on behalf of the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections.
Restrictions on Access
PARTIALLY PROCESSED COLLECTION UNAVAILABLE FOR USE: except for boxes 1-84. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed,
in writing, to the Manuscripts Librarian, UCLA Department of Special Collections.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
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[Identification of item], Rudi Gernreich Papers (Collection 1702). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research
Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Gernreich was born on August 8, 1922 in Vienna, Austria; in 1938 he escaped Nazi persecution and came with his mother to the
U.S.; in 1939 he joined Lester Horton Dance Company as both a dancer and designer, and finished his education at Los Angeles
City College in 1940; took his first collection to New York in 1944 for
Harper's Bazaar; revolutionized the acceptance of slacks for women's fashions, created the knit look, the topless bathing suit, the Unisex
look, and the thong swimsuit; from 1976-82 designed sets and costumes for Bella Lewitzky's Dance Company; lover of Harry Hay
at the time Hay founded the first modern American gay liberation movement, the Mattachine Society, in Los Angeles in 1950-51;
Gernreich died in Los Angeles on April 21, 1985.
Scope and Content
Boxes 1-84 include correspondence, clippings, bills, photographs, family papers as well as clothing, accessories, products,
and related items designed by Rudi Gernreich.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Gernreich, Rudi, 1922-1985--Archives.
Fashion designers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.