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Behold: This Vintage Playboy Bunny Manual Reveals The Wardrobing Secrets Behind Everyone's Favorite Halloween Costume

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Perhaps not all of you are privy to the amazingness that was A Bunny's Tale. We remember it as a constant Saturday night replay on non-cable TV during elementary school (what, we lived in the suburbs) with a smoking hot Kirstie Alley in the lead role as undercover-journalist-turned-Playboy-Bunny. (For real, Kirstie Alley's hair in this movie far outdoes any blowout we've yet seen on a Middleton.)

Also, while the historical implications of this film were lost on us as tweens, it turns out there is actually quite a important story being told. According to IMDB, this is in fact the personal story (well, a version of it, anyway) of Gloria Steinem's 1963 infiltration of the Club back when she was a reporter. (The movie version was released in 1985, as you can no doubt guess from the poster at right.)

Now, for those of you who spent your elementary school Saturday nights doing something more wholesome than watching movies about the Playboy Club, allow us to fill you in on some important details. The Playboy Club—or "Bunny Hutch"—is not to be confused with the Playboy Mansion. From what we gather, Playboy in general used to be much classier than it is today, and their franchise of gentlemen's clubs, while kitschy by today's standards, were actually quite reputable. (See: Mad Men season four.) Which brings us to the point.

We had almost forgotten about this gem of a film until we stumbled across this vintage Playboy Bunny employee manual on The Selvedge Yard today. And now, at last, we have a source for everything we, you, or Elle Woods could ever want to know about those iconic Bunny outfits.

For example, what are the essentials of a Bunny's costume?:

Also, hair styling:

Appearance and grooming are two things a Bunny should never skimp on:

Ah, some helpful tips for the tired Bunny:

And, of course, the details on the all-important Wardrobe Mistress, a bunny's best friend:

You'll find more insight over on the Selvedge Yard, and you'll find us over on YouTube for the rest of the afternoon, reliving the glory.
· The Playboy Bunny Club Manual [The Selvedge Yard]
· Enjoy a Trip Into Lingerie History With This 1979 Victoria's Secret Catalog [Racked]