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. 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.
While it seems like just yesterday that the great Gloria Steinem donned the uniform in order to write her explosive expose on the wonder that was the Playboy Club, "A Bunny's Tale," the costume has actually been around for more than 50 years. In fact, Barbara Walters modeled the tail and ears back in 1962 for a segment on the "Today Show."
We recently came across a treasure trove of images that reveal the retro glory of the original bunny costumes. Whether you like the tight, skin-baring ensembles or not, it's difficult to deny the overwhelming allure of the design. Scroll through the slideshow below for a peek at some vintage Bunnies and let us know your thoughts on the costume in the comments.