1960s Rudi Gernreich for Harmon Knits Deep Front Plunge Black Dress
Rudi Gernreich was known for having some of the most innovative and dynamic fashion of the 1960s. His clothes made a social statement for ideas like sexual freedom, by making pieces that highlighted the female body in an unrestricted way. The Harmon knitwear line was sold at his Seventh Avenue showroom alongside his own label as of 1964.
This is a wonderful and rare example of his work during this time period and it is also just a really terrific dress. It is down in a solid black which is perhaps more subdued then what you normally think of for his work, but also makes it incredibly easy to wear. The dress is made of a lightweight wool knit jersey. This has just enough weigh to it to keep the shape and volume through the skirt that he wished it to have. The bodice is more fitted with rounded shoulders and skinny cap sleeves. It waist line comes to right under the bust and the front neckline plunged right to that seam. Below the seam under the bust the skirt flows from the waist to just above the floor. This gives it some volume and shape that perfectly balances the low plunge of the front. Very collectible and yet still very wearable. Excellent condition.
Bust: to 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam under the bust: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural waist and hips: open
Bodice: 12" from top of shoulder to seam under bust
Skirt: 41" from seam under bust to hem
Unlined and slips on the wear. There are snaps and a hook & eye that under the plunge at the front to close. Tagged a vintage 10
Modern Sizing equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival