Monokini / Topless Maillot
Orders Resume on Monday
Thank you for your interest in our reinterpretation of Rudi Gernreich's iconic 1964 topless maillot, otherwise known as the monokini. We've achieved the look of the original-that was made of wool-by doubling up on extra thick Italian lycra. The seamless front panel and rubberised straps provide the unbeatable comfort of a contermporary luxury onepiece, while in appearance this swimsuit looks for all the world like the original-before it got wet or was stretched.
Gernreich was as deadpan as Andy Warhol with his paintings of soup cans beside paintings of electric chairs, the way he took the most modest style of the day, popular with older women, and just wiped out the top, as if women would no longer be needing that part. Many people didn't get it, including the editors of Playboy who asked the original model, Peggy Moffitt, to pose in the swimsuit for them. She told them to go jump, that Gernreich devised it as an expression of women's liberation, not fodder for purilent minds.
- Each piece finished and lined using twin layers of extra heavy, 225gsm nylon/Lycra, made in Italy from recycled waste plastic.
- the lining behind the upper-waist seam is secured to the rubber between the two layers.
- Made from twin layers of 225gsm black "Vita" fabric from Carvico in Milan, comprising 78% Recycled Nylon, (a.k.a. "Econyl") and 22% Xtra Life Lycra. (See technical data from the Australian importer).
- All threads are UV and chlorine resistant polyester from Coats in the UK.
- For elasticity and endurance, 0.63mm thick treated latex is used throughout.
- All metal hardware is moulded exclusively for Pride. Electrostatic rack plating contains no heavy metals, for example cadmium, chromium, copper, mercury, nickel or lead.
- Each piece individually cut and sewn in Newcastle East in Australia.
- Design by Steven Fleming with inspiration from Rudi Gernreich.