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panty thong - panty thong

panty thong

  • Object:

    panty thong

  • Place of origin:


  • Date:


  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nylon and spandex.

  • Credit Line:

    Given anonymously

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin





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

Materials and Techniques

Nylon and spandex.


Width: 25 cm, Height: 23 cm

Object history note

Registered file number:2016/158

Descriptive line

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

Labels and date

'The Thong'

Rudi Gernreich is credited as the inventor of the 'thong'. He designed one as a unisex bathings 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'.

Rudi Gernreich (1922085) for Lily of France
USA, 1978
Nylon and spandex
Anonymous gift [16/04/2016-12/03/2017]


Nylon; Spandex


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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