March 16th……

On this day, the first service uniform was trademarked with the U.S. Patent Office: the Playboy bunny costume. The formfitting satin corset with the fluffy cottontail, white collar, black bow tie, and rabbit ears was the official work uniform of servers at the Playboy Clubs from 1960 to 1988.

Credit for the outfit goes to B-list TV actress Ilse Taurins, who in 1959 pitched her boyfriend, Playboy executive Victor Lownes, the idea of dressing the club’s hostesses to match the rabbit logo of Playboy magazine. Ilse had her mother stitch the prototype.

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