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Patchwork swimsuit
wool, spandex, elastic, vinyl
(a) 53.4 cm (centre front) 35.0 cm (waist, flat) (swimsuit)
(b) 113.0 × 5.0 cm (belt)
Place/s of Execution
United States
label, inside proper left side seam, woven in black on white polyester: RUDI GERNREICH " DESIGN FOR / HARMON KNITWEAR
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through the NGV Foundation with the assistance of Ms Kerry Gardner, Member, 2001
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Professor AGL Shaw AO Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
One piece patchwork swimsuit constructed of multiple irregular squares pieced together to form an overall pattern. Each square of wool jersey is individually machine finished and then stitched to the adjoining square of contrasting colour. The swimsuit has low-cut legs and a scoop neckline, and a series of darts form the fitted bustline. Two black cotton belt loops hold the black vinyl belt in position at waist level.