REWIND: Retro Playboy Bunny Costumes
Posted: April 23, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, History | Tags: Getty Images, Hugh Hefner, Playboy, Playboy Bunny, Playboy Club, PoPsie Randolph, WireImage, Zelda Wynn Valdes
From vintage everyday, a swell series of photos. Of bunnies. Playboy bunnies. See the whole set here.
The Playboy Bunny costume — with its shiny satin bustier and floppy-eared head gear — has become an iconic part of America’s pop culture history.
Playboy editor and tycoon Hugh Hefner is greeted by a group of bunny girls from his Playboy Clubs, upon his arrival at London Airport. (Dove / Getty Images)
Ever since Hugh Hefner and Playboy executive Victor Lownes recruited Zelda Wynn Valdes to design the rabbit-inspired outfit, it’s morphed into a recognizable symbol for Hefner’s formidable media empire.
Playboy Bunny during McCarthy Fundraising Dinner and Party at The Playboy Club in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Ron Galella / WireImage)
1962: Glamorous ‘Bunny Girl’ Wanda rings a gong for breakfast at Hugh Hefner’s ‘Playboy Club’. (Keystone Features / Getty Images)
Rock and roll singer Jackie Wilson autographs the cuff of a Playboy Bunny at a dinner for the Motion Picture Pioneers Association at the Playboy Club on November 19, 1962 in New York, New York. (PoPsie Randolph / Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
20th December 1967: A bunny girl croupier at the Playboy club supervises a roulette wheel. (David Cairns / Express / Getty Images)