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Friday, October 12, 2012

Rudi Gerneich

The artist I chose is Rudi Gernreich.  Gernreich was born in Vienna, Austria, August 8th, 1922. Due to the spread of Nazism and the World War, Rudi was forced to flee his home at the age of 16. He emigrated to the United States and eventually settled in Los Angeles where he began working as a dancer, and clothing designer.

I chose Rudi Gernreich, not only because of his trying upbringing, but also for the boundaries he was known for pushing later on. It was noted that Rudi was one of the most daring clothing designers, creating such things as the "monokini" a bikini with only a bottom, the "pubikini" a bikini with a window exposing the pubic hair, and the beloved thong, made popular by Sisqo :).

Another reason I chose him is because later on in his life he completely switched gears, so to speak, and dedicated himself to, of all things, gourmet soups!! I love soup, and cooking!

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