There is a certain kind of glamour that surrounds the idea of the Playboy Club and the open acceptance that human beings like and want sex. I wore my bunny costume to one of the craziest Monday night parties in Chicago for Halloween. I did not anticipate the power this costume commanded in a crowd of +600 people.
There are many connotations around the Playboy Bunny. Some connotations are negative but you cannot deny that women who worked in the Playboy clubs of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s had the opportunity to make a good living for themselves at a time when that was extremely difficult to do.
This tutorial covers making a pattern for a custom fit Bunny Suit, the construction, and a few tips for styling the look.
Step 1: Basic Elements and Inspiration
I spent a considerable amount of time researching the costume. I assembled a mood board of photos that showed the bunny costumes throughout the years the clubs were open. Some of the style lines changed, as well as the accessories worn.
The core elements of the bunny costume
- The Bunny Suit - a strapless playsuit cut like a maillot swimsuit complete with tail
- Bunny Ears on a headband
- Cuffs with cufflinks on each wrist
- Collar with bow-tie
- To-the-waist stockings
- Closed toe high heels in black or match the color of the bunny suit
I created a technical sketch of what I wanted my bunny costume to look like (ears not pictured) so I would have a basis for reference while patterning. I drew my sketch in Illustrator over a tech sketch body form. A hand draw sketch works just as well as long as you can tell what everything is supposed to be!