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September 28, 2017

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Susan Handler, Creative Costume Co.

Creative Costume Co. (NYC) reworked the Playboy Bunny costume for Atlantis Casino in Atlantic City when it changed over from The Playboy Club, back in the 1980's. Yes that uniform was an amazing structural feat!

Elena D

How did she manage to keep her costume if they were to be turned in to Wardrobe every day? Or were Bunnies allowed to keep one when they left?

Robert Bernstein

Thank you for this excellent history of the iconic Playboy Bunny costume. To fill in a few details:

French fashion designer Renee Blot designed the 1961 modification that added collar, cuffs and nametag rosette.

The original rayon satin costumes were manufactured by the Kabo Corset Company.

In the UK, croupiers in Playboy Club casinos originally wore standard Bunny costumes, but gaming regulators soon required modifications for costumes worns by Bunnies operating gaming tables. At first, croupier Bunnies wore “modesty bibs”, and later wore a more extensively modified costume. This photo of London Bunnies on a rooftop shows both the traditional costume, worn by Bunnies in the Club’s bars, showrooms and restaurants, and the modified costume worn by croupier Bunnies at the gaming tables in the casino areas. https://www.gq.com/story/your-daily-eye-queue-12-12-2013

In July, 1980, a modified costume, featuring lace trim and garters, called the “Caberet Bunny Costume” was introduced in some US Clubs. Hefner was later quoted as saying it was a mistake to tamper with the classic design in that way.

Robert Bernstein

In addition to the standard Bunny costume worn by Bunnies in the Playboy Clubs, there were seasonal outdoor variation, as well, worn by Bunnies at the Playboy Resorts in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Great Gorge, McAfee, New Jersey and at the Playboy Towers in Miami Beach, Florida.

Here’s a link to a Facebook page illustrating the bikini Bunny costume worn when providing poolside service:

https://www.facebook.com/161467973932247/photos/a.189539497791761.49051.161467973932247/340438932701816/?type=3&theater

There was also a winter Snow Bunny costume worn during the winter ski season at Lake Geneva and Great Gorge.

Robert Bernstein

Here’s a link to a photo of a Snow Bunny serving hot beverages on the ski slope at one of the Playboy Resorts. A bit more practical for winter outdoor activities than the standard indoor Bunny costume.

https://www.facebook.com/161467973932247/photos/a.170862829659428.43919.161467973932247/197687013643676/?type=3&theater

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