Playboy Retro: The Nude Look

By Playboy.com Staff

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<p>Playboy Retro reaches back to time when women were taking it off it their everyday wear. </p>


{"pbembedwidget":"gallery","id":"13716","size":"small","alignment":"left"}The Editors of Playboy originally published the feature “The Nude Look” in the July 1960 edition of the magazine as a parody of what they deemed a prudish streak present in postwar women’s apparel. Taking otherwise ordinary female fashions and either adding a touch of transparency or removing an article altogether, they sought to make plain the plight of the male mind, constantly wondering what was under there. But perhaps they can explain it better…

From the November 1965 issue comes The Nude Look revisited with more than one welcome revelation:

When we published our first photo feature entitled The Nude Look (July 1960), it was mainly intended as a show of pent-up male indignation over post-War feminine fashions. Fed up with the efforts of international couturiers and female fashion mags to keep sex out of milady’s styles, we added a touch of transparency to their more famous creations—the “trapeze,” “sack,” “balloon,” et al.—in order to shed some light on those facts of life that had unfortunately remained hidden for so long. We didn’t suspect that our parody pictorial would prove so prophetic so soon, but when the first topless bathing suits hit the beaches last year, we joined the rest of mankind in hailing the advent of an age of limitless revelation. This coming holiday season, when men of vision go gifting the girls, there will be an eye-arresting array of ensembles to choose from, as evidenced by this ten-page unveiling [which we here at Playboy.com have gladly put into gallery form for you here in the 21st century] of the latest in ladies’ see-throughables. 


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