The shot of Peggy Moffatt wearing Gernreich's topless monokini literally 'went around the world' and followed him where ever he went. Rudi himself says of this : Here is the the topless swimsuit - probably the most famous fashion picture of all time and my bete noir. I still think it is a beautiful photograph. But oh, am I tired of talking about it.' See The Rudi Gernreich Book, Peggy Moffitt and William Claxton, Rizzoli, 1991, pages 70 and 71.
This is a style icon of the modern age and marked a turning point in contemporary fashion and fashion photography.