Mumbai: Playboy unveiled a new-look bunny costume on December 19, for its upcoming Indian club launch, opting for a more demure take on the waitress outfits but keeping the ears, bow-ties and fluffy tails.
In a bid to appease conservative Indian values, the traditional skimpy corset has been replaced with a sari-inspired two-piece costume, comprising a one-shoulder top, a bare midriff and a sheer, full-length skirt with a split.
“Being able to introduce our brand in a responsible and meaningful way in India was our key objective,” said Matthew Nordby, executive vice president of Playboy Enterprises, visiting Mumbai from Beverly Hills for the launch.
While Playboy magazine remains banned in India, the first club bearing the brand is due to open in the holiday state of Goa early 2013, pushed back from the initially planned date of mid-December.
The beachside outlet will be the first of 120 clubs, hotels, fashion cafes and shops planned in India over the next 10 years by local franchisee PB Lifestyle.