THE TOPLESS BATHING SUIT, or the “Monokini”
Rudy Gernreich, the inventor, told Time magazine in 1969, “The acceptance of nudity is a natural development growing out of all the loosening up, the re-evaluation of values that’s going on. There is now an honesty hangup, and part of this is not hiding the body—it stands for freedom.”
They first went on sale in New York City on June 16, 1964.
However, the swimsuit was a piece of fashion satire. Gernreich didn’t expect anyone to like it, but he thought it was what the world was coming to. Not in a bad way, of course. He was a gay nudist and promoted sexual liberation, among other causes.
As you can imagine, the “monokini” or “topless bathing suit” was quickly a fashion trend, but terribly hated by conservatives.
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