Shortly before his dead, Rudi Gernreich called Peggy Moffit to tell her that he dreamed that on his tombstone was written: "He was always 10 years ahead of his time." Peggy laughed and later she wrote: "He was wrong of course. He was always 30 years ahead of his time."
I think that he was more than that ahead of his time that's why these days his ideas still are passed off by young designers as something new.
Nevertheless, I'm still waiting for his topless-creations to become fashionable!