THE ANGELS, August 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Recognized the Angels womens clothing designer mona thalheimer will present a commemorative scarf on August 22nd dedicated to the famous 1960s designer Rudi Gernreich. Gernreich, whose revolutionary avant-garde clothing and swimwear designs still resonate today, the August 8, 1922. He passed away in 1985.
“Rudi Gernreich had an incredible influence on my career,” said Thalheimer. “Rudi was my inspiration when I was starting my career in the early 1970s and I feel compelled to celebrate his 100th birthday.the anniversary in a way that I hope will make you proud.
Thalheimer, the first and only deaf American fashion designer to own and manufacture her own eponymous clothing business, cites her early interactions with Gernreich as helping her become a trendsetter. “Rudy taught me to believe who I want to be, and that a deaf person can design regardless of his disability.”
Thalheimer’s design for the memorial scarf draws on Gernreich’s dedication to protecting human rights and freedoms, a message that resonates more than ever following recent Supreme Court decisions. In addition to her numerous fashion awards, Gernreich was a founding member of the Mattachine Society in 1950.
The Gernreich estate is administered by the ACLU of southeastern californiawho will benefit from the sale of the scarf.
The scarf will be unveiled at a ceremony on August 22ndat the Gemini GEL Gallery in west hollywood. The ceremony will feature mona thalheimer Y Minouche KandelSenior Attorney, LGBTQ, Reproductive and Gender Justice Project, ACLU of southeastern california
questions and answers with mona thalheimer
Q: When did you first meet Rudi? How was that meeting?
A: I first met Rudi when I was 11 years old.
Q As a deaf design student, what did Rudi tell you to keep pursuing your dream?
A: Rudi told me that I could be a designer and that my visual sense enhanced by my hearing loss was an advantage.
Also, he told me that if I was going to be a designer, I should design for myself and what is my point of view, not just the latest trend.
Q: Rudi passed away in 1985. Why is he still relevant today?
A: Rudi is relevant because wherever you look you see his influence: the bathing suits, the thong, the fearless bold colors.
Q: Are your designs influenced by Rudi?
A: Although my aesthetic is different from Rudi’s, it is what Rudi would want, since he always told me to be what he wanted and dreamed of being. I am here today thanks to mentors like Rudi..
Q: “You are what you decide you want to be” is a main theme of the scarf. What do you mean by that?
People want to put you in a box. When they ask me who I am if I don’t say first that I am deaf, they are taken aback. I am the only person who can say how I define myself.
A: Rudi always believed in everyone’s human potential. When I was a kid, he valued my opinion on fashion and he valued all people in fashion and in life.”
Q: How does that resonate in 2022?
A: Rudi always believed that everyone was someone and his value as a person was defined by his energy, enthusiasm and, above all, love.
Q: If you could say one thing to Rudi today, what would it be?
A: Rudi, your designs, your values are in fashion because of your heart and love for people.
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