Thursday, April 21, 2011

the allure of the bunny

When I read recently that Playboy is opening a bar in London, my mind was filled with fond images of retro Bunny Girls in the golden days and I found myself entertaining the idea of dragging some friends along for a tipple or two next time I'm in town. I can't quite explain this double standard when the concept of under dressed waitresses as a form of male entertainment makes me wrinkle my nose. But despite such qualms and my feminist morals I can't help being won over by the old Playboy image; the glamour of Bunnies back in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, of Debbie Harry before she was Blondie and of those infamous little satin leotards. There is nothing like some rose-tinted retrospect but taken with a pinch of salt I think these photographs go some way to explaining the irresistible allure of the old school Bunny..

11 comments:

Bob said...

Understand what you mean-those bunny girls are definitely preferable over the modern, pure pink image of Playboy. These clubs and bars will exist anyway, many sleazier, and although as you say it's hardly the epitome of feminism...it still looks kinda fun.

Mara said...

I feel the same way you do. I think these photos from the golden era of Playboy are really cute, and Debbie was gorgeous as a brunette ;)

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Ms. Paradise said...

Playboy was an amazing magazine.Hef is actually one of my style icons(I'm a woman). The style of the publication today doesn't really suit me much, but, I am greatly influenced by Playboy of the past. I read Marchesa is doing the revamped bunny costume!

Sex. Muses. and Reality said...

Strongly agree.

Playmates today look very similar to pornstars, whereas the playboy bunnies back then still carried this elegance regardless of the fact that they were working as escorts.

Lady Moriarty said...

Love the bunny with the union jack bodysuit ha ha !

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Emma said...

Retro playboy is always so good.

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hannah-rose said...

have you read that "memoirs" article by lauren hutton in harpers bazaar uk about when she was a bunny? i think it sums up what you're feeling here. It's like there was a bit of a difference between then and now in the way that women got undressed. I know it's cliche and probably a little manipulated, but lauren (yes, we are on first name terms), said that it was all about the power of choosing to be a bunny, rather than doing it because you had to.. i really liked the article.

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hannah-rose said...

i cant stop laughing... when i tried to google search it to come up with a copy to link here for you to read - your blog came up as a result.. and why? because I commented saying "omg i loved that lauren hutton as a playboy bunny article in harpers uk" ages ago on one of your inspiration collage posts.. im a loser.

but seriously! read the article!

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The Easter Bunny said...

Playboy was a really avant-garde thing back then. Hell, now there's a plethora of stuff that people think is "playboy"-- even the issues that they pump out now...

However, beyond the bunnies, and in terms of what you're striking at in your post, playboy introduced people to a lot of radical material.

PLayboy, was one of the first to publish Fahrenheit 451-- among other classics-- and bolstered a powerful interview section with subjects ranging from neo-nazis to rock stars, and the television show flaunted acts that were (for racial inequality) otherwise banned from the american public.

The magazine had gusto. not only for the bunnies, but because it was actually fighting to publish things. Now it's just sleazy, but hell, that happens to all art-- it's the price of being avant-garde