The Israeli Fashion Designer Who Made Bathing Suits More Than Just Bathing Suits

Leah Gottlieb, who reinvented bathing suits and turned them into a glamorous industry, is celebrated in posthumous show.

During World War II, Lea Gottlieb would visit her husband who was imprisoned in a work camp in Hungary, bearing a large bouquet of flowers by means of which she hid her face and her Jewish origins. Since that time flowers were a major motif in her work and adorned the swimsuits and the beachwear of the brand she founded and shaped – Gottex. It isn’t surprising, then, that the directors of the Design Museum...