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Panty thong - panty thong
  • panty thong
    Gernreich, Rudi, born 1922 - died 1985 Lily of France
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panty thong

  • Object:

    Panty thong

  • Place of origin:

    USA

  • Date:

    1978

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gernreich, Rudi, born 1922 - died 1985
    Lily of France

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nylon and spandex

  • Credit Line:

    Given anonymously

  • Museum number:

    T.196:1-2016

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin

USA

Date

1978

Artist/maker

Gernreich, Rudi, born 1922 - died 1985
Lily of France

Materials and Techniques

Nylon and spandex

Dimensions

Width: 25 cm, Height: 25 cm

Object history note

Registered File number: 2016/158

Descriptive line

Nude panty thong, 'The Thong', by Rudi Gernreich for Lily of France, 1978

Labels and date

'The Thong'

Rudi Gernreich is credited as the inventor of the 'thong'. He designed one as a unisex bathing suit in 1974 when Los Angeles banned nude public swimming. Women could buy an optional top.

Gernreich also designed thongs to be worn as underwear. They were made for women from 1975 by the American company Lily of France with the trademark, 'The Thong'. The colour of this thong is termed 'golden nude'.

Thong
Rudi Gernreich (1922-85) for Lily of France
USA, 1978
Nylon and Spandex
Anonymous gift [16/04/2016-12/03/2017]

Materials

Nylon; Spandex

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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