Friday, April 07, 2006

Model for a Revolution

The Handcuffs have just released their new album Model for a Revolution featuring a song about and a cover photo of the beautiful Peggy Moffitt. And look for the Vintage Fashion Guild mentioned in the sleeve notes!

Peggy Moffitt was the famous model, muse and collaborator of 1960s LA designer Rudi Gernreich (see info below on this iconic designer). You can read our blog post from January by the fabulous Senti to learn more about Ms Moffitt.


(1922-85) Rudi Gernreich was born in Vienna but fled to California in 1938, where he studied in Los Angeles. He worked as a dancer and costume designer before becoming a freelance designer. In 1951 he began designing for Walter Bass, and in 1953, Westwood Knitting Mills. Gernreich produced knitwear that was comfortable and unstructured. He designed under both labels until 1959, when he left to start his own label, and to design for Harmon Knits.

He created a short-lived sensation with topless bathing suits in 1964, and made popular knitwear and long, straight halter dresses. He often used fabrics with geometric patterns and narrow stripes and introduced plastic fabrics in futuristic modes. Gernreich went into semi-retirement in 1968, but continued to produce knits into the early 1970s.
Courtesy of whirly-girl for the VFG Label Resource

Check out this striking chic lavendar and lime dress from the mod designer at Fuzzylizzie Vintage.

Or a rare 1967 vintage ad from Baubles Bangles & Beads featuring the designer, Chita Rivera and Peggy Moffitt. Perfect for framing!

And for more mod vintage must-haves, peek at our latest VFG Picks on the right sidebar!

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