"A Rainbow of Colors" - Page 4 of 5
Bunny Avis Miller in a psychedelic
The original satin uniform came in ten colors, and by 1962
there were 12 from which to choose. It was up to each Club's
Bunny Mother (who managed the Bunnies) to make sure no one suit
was ever in overabundance, thus keeping a rainbow of colors on
the floor. In fact, the only place a Keyholder could find
identically-clad Bunnies was in each Club's VIP room, where the
Bunnies wore blue velvet trimmed in silver lamé. "We tried to go
for a contrast between skin color, hair color and eye color,"
says Lacey, a former Bunny mother at the LA Club. "The
darker-skinned Bunnies looked best in pinks and the
powder-blues, and most redheads got a green costume. Of course,
if a girl had gorgeous blue eyes, you'd want to put her in a
But what every Bunny really wanted was a black suit. "They
were considered the most elegant," Scott says. They got so
popular that eventually a Bunny had to earn the privilege of
wearing one. "It would be the most senior girl, or a Bunny who
really excelled in her duties, or epitomized what we called 'The
Bunny Image,' who got to wear the black costume," Lacey says.
Hef and the LA Bunnies wearing
"Bunny Cabaret" suits.
In the late Sixties the Playboy Clubs broke away from the
12-color standard and started designing suits in everything from
leopard prints to psychedelic Pucci swirls. A favorite was one
nicknamed the "Wonder Bread" costume because it was covered in
multicolored polka dots. There were even holiday Bunnies for
December, who wore red velvet trimmed in white fur. In an
attempt to update the suit, a lace and satin "Bunny Cabaret"
costume was developed in 1980 and worn until the last Playboy
Club closed its doors in 1991.