Peggy Moffitt in Rudi Gernreich monikini
photographed by William Claxton, 1964
| In 1964, swimsuit designer Rudi Gernreich[wiki] showcased the first monokini[wiki], a topless swimsuit.
As reported by BikiniScience.com, Gernreich begins experimenting as early as 1962 -- he considers the solo bikini bottom but feels it is simply evolutionary, "not a design," and creates a strapped topless maillot instead. An early prototype appears in Look magazine in 1963 as part of an article on futuristic fashions. Gernreich arranges for William Claxton to photograph his wife, Peggy MoffittMoffitt[wiki], and presents the pictures to the fashion press. The first photograph of Gernreich's design, a back view, is published in Look on June 2, 1964, and the first front view is shown by Women's Wear Daily the following day. Newsweek prints a back view on June 8th.
Gernreich's topless maillot[www] might have remained a fashion footnote but instead it is catapulted into national attention when a 19 year-old model, Toni Lee Shelley, wears Gernreich's creation on a Chicago beach in late June and is arrested and charged with indecent exposure. That news makes the national wire services and Life Magazine.
Two weeks later, Life compliments this coverage with a fashion feature on the broader subject. Life tells photographer Bill Claxton that "this is a family magazine, and naked breasts are only allowed if the woman is an aborigine." But they agree to run a photograph of Moffett wearing the suit but with her crisscrossed arms diplomatically blocking her nipples. Besides resolving a hands-covering-bare-breasts shot, Life handles the topless in other ways too. Life does display the full-figured costume underwater, in what is perhaps one of the most interesting censorships of all time. They also provide a back view a la a fitting room. These treatments of Gernreich's maillot reflect Life's uncertainty about dealing with the topless issue directly.
"And here is the topless suit that started the whole thing. 'I really rattled the world,' says Rudi. 'The topless suit isn't lewd, though the attitude with which it is worn may be. Sex isn't what a woman puts on--or what she takes off either.'"
Peggy photographed by William Claxton[wiki] wearing an allegedly first topless design by Rudi.
Peggy Moffitt in
10/July/1964 issue of LIFE magazine
Saint-Tropez, Côte d'Azur,
| If anybody must get credit for popularizing the bikini in the world it is Brigitte Bardot. The bikini becomes such an integral part of Bardot's career that she becomes The Bikini Girl.
It is somewhat less known that BB played an important role in taking a step further and popularizing topless sunbathing. As Bikini Science puts it: "Brigitte Bardot Invents Topless Beach" [www]:
At Cannes, the site of a major international film festival, a horde of obliging movie starlets doff their tops and vie for the riotous attention of a horde of photographers snapping their pictures--and sending the message around the world. The monokini movement gains momentum when young French actress Brigitte Bardot introduces topless sunbathing at the Byblos Hotel in St. Tropez in 1967.Same claim is made in a Telegraph article few years back:
The beaches where Brigitte Bardot first introduced the world to topless sunbathing are undergoing a mass cover up as French women ditch their penchant for a little harmless nudity.which, rather unfortunately, also informs us that -so to speak- the tide is changing. But according to another somewhat more recent Telegraph report not everything is lost just yet :)
Daria Werbowy and Francesco Vezzoli, La décaDanse photographed by Mario Testino [ via tFS ].
The work is clearly inspired by Francis Giacobetti's editorial published in December/1974 issue of Lui magazine and featuring Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg:
"Žiedai tarp žiedų" ("Flowers among Flowers", "Цветы среди цветов") photography book by Rimantas Dichavičius[www] (Римантас Дихавичус), first published in USSR, Vilnius: Mintis, 1987. According to the artist, photographs were taken over the years and decades prior to the publication.
( Full 90-pic set under the cut ) [ via kro1975 ]
The picture appears to be from a vintage advertising photoshoot of some sort, perhaps late 70's or early 80's I would guess. Can we at least identify the make and model of the car? Does anyone have any kind of information,
UPD: Evidently it's Ferrari, should've had a closer look at the rims. Came across an untagged picture.
Lindsay Lohan in February 25, 2008 Spring Fashion issue of New York magazine, Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monroe in "The Last Sitting" photographed by Bert Stern.
In 1962, photographer Bert Stern shot Marilyn Monroe in “The Last Sitting” photo shoot and 46 years later, he revisited his classic shots with Lindsay Lohan.
[ via NYmag ] (article + pics) | [ via JustJared ] | [ via tFS ]
Just in case, original one with Marilyn: [mm1][mm2]
Jane with Serge Gainsbourg, 1974:
I'm not sure if Jane was indeed shy in the swinging 60's hanging out with the London arts crowd, but she definitely wasn't shy at all in 1969 then she and Gainsbourg recorded the song "Je t'aime moi non plus", notorious for explicitly erotic lyrics and simulated sounds of female orgasm, followed by posing nude for quite a number magazines, including November/1970 Playboy, not to mention numerous movie appearances in the different stages of undress.
Jane in Lui magazine December/1974: ( pictures under the cut )
Another Jane's appearance in Lui magazine: ( pictures under the cut )
Jane with Brigitte Bardot in 1973 movie Don Juan ou Si Don Juan était une femme... (aka Ms. Don Juan). ( pictures under the cut )
Jane with Pierre Richard, 1976: ( pictures under the cut )
Miscellaneous pictures of Jane (is it me or does she look a lot like Calvin Klein model Jessica Miller in some of them?) ( under the cut )
P.S. Thanks to klarucha for the inspiration to post about Jane Birkin.
She is a dissident, an ex-fashion model, a writer and a poetess, her full name may sound something like 'contessa Elena Kozlova Shchapova Limonova de Carli'. Born Elena Kozlova (Елена Козлова) in 1950 in Moscow, she started her career as a model, at the age of 18 married a much older artist Victor Shchapov (Виктор Щапов) and became a part of the social life of early '70s Moscow beau monde, frequenting movie festivals, art gallery presentations and foreign embassy receptions.
Elena's affair with a dissident writer and poet Eduard Limonov (Едуард Лимонов) let to the divorce with Shchapov; she married Limonov in October/1973. In the picture taken in 1974 in Moscow, nude Elena is sitting in front of Limonov, who is wearing his famous 'national hero's blazer' made of 114 pieces of different fabric.
In 1974, using fake invitation to Israel, Limonov and Shchapova left Soviet Union and arrived in New York, USA via Vienna, Austria. Living as émigrés in NYC, Elena and Edward fell in the circles of self-proclaimed dissident intellectuals, but while Eddie was writing his novels and living on a welfare, Elena managed to get a fairly successful career in fashion modeling, allegedly becoming the first Russian model in New York. Soon enough they drifted apart due to the increasingly different lifestyles and Elena's numerous self-admitted infidelities, and had a pretty ugly break-up in circa 1975.
Elena became a central character of Limonov's first major novel, profanity-filled It's Me, Eddie: A fictional memoir («Это я, Эдичка»), completed in 1976. Limonov was pretty rough in his judgement about his ex-wife, exposing intimate details of their relationship and calling her 'treacherous, adulterous, childless pleasure-seeker'.
In a mean time Elena married italian count, thus became countess de Carli and started writing pretty bleak poetry. She played a small role (credited as Schapova) in 1989 movie 'Torrents of Spring' starring Nastassja Kinski. In the early '80s she retaliated by writing a book It's Me, Elena: Interview with myself («Это я, Елена»), edited by poet Konstantin K. Kuzminsky and published in 1984 (never translated in English). Naturally enough, Elena dubbs Eddie a 'psycho loser' and reveales yet even more private and intimate information.
The book was supplemented with a photo gallery, containing nue pictures from Elena's modeling portfolio. To the great susprise of the editor Kuzminsky, contessa was very upset about the presence of these pictures in the book.
"выпустил роман графини Щаповой (бывшей жены Эдички) "Это я, Елена", включив в него дюжину модельных фот и столько же ню в студии Шемякина - графиня в истерике: ее, блядищин, голый зад показали! При том, в прозе - описывает лесбос, наркоту, детский онанизм, начинает с мата и заканчивает - описанием говна ..."In these pictures from "It's Me, Elena" contessa is with artist Mihail Chemiakin, taken in his Paris studio in 1980.
These days countess Shchapova de Carli lives in Rome and rubs elbows with Italian aristocrats. She has an 8-year-old daughter Nastia; count de Carli passed away 5 years ago.
Few years ago I put together a website shchapova.netfirms.com, check it out for more pictures and info on Elena and her book.