Original Playboy Bunny Costume
From the early 1960s to late 1980s, membership of Hugh Hefner's
Playboy Clubs of the world acted as a status symbol for the rich and
famous. In the elitist atmosphere of the club rooms, drinks were served
by specially trained waitresses: Playboy Bunnies.
tuxedo-style dress code of the Playboy Clubs became iconic: a tight
corset, bunny ears, cotton tails, black mesh tights, high heels, white
collars, bow tie, white cuffs and cufflinks. Each bunny also wore a name
tag, made from a satin rosette, pinned above her right hip bone. The
costumes were so important that they were even registered in the United
States Patent and Trademark Office.
No two costumes were the same
and were custom fitted for each woman. Often seamstresses were on duty
at the Playboy Clubs in case any repairs or alterations were needed.
Playboy Enterprises required all of its employees to turn in their
uniforms at the end of their employment, a handful were kept privately.
costumes are increasingly rare. Two costumes are currently on public
display at the Chicago History Museum and as part of The Smithsonian
collections, showing their growing importance as cultural icons.
This collection of items features one of the iconic Playboy Bunny costume in maroon velvet, worn between 1967 and 1981.
unusual colour was worn only by Bunnies who worked in the Hunt Room and
the main VIP area of the London Playboy Club. Opened in July 1966, the
Mayfair club was a major attraction for celebrities, gamblers and men of
leisure until its closure in 1981.
one-piece bodice features a laced side seam, press stud fastening for
the cotton tail and a back zip. The satin rosette badge features the
name Erica. An accompanying photograph of Erica shows the Playboy Bunny
wearing her costume at the London Club.
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Product Code: PT126