THE MAJOR MOMENT: Zelda was respected for her design talent and best recognized for her skill in highlighting the female body.
Zelda Wynn Valdes (or Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes ), fashion and costume designer).
Her curve-hugging creations were worn and loved by a mass of Hollywood’s biggest starlets during the 1940s and 50s, including Joyce Bryant, Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald and Mae West.
The Pennsylvania-native’s key role in idealizing these women caught the attention of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner and he commissioned Zelda to design the first-ever Playboy Bunny costumes.
And history has proven, the low-cut, skin-tight, sexy outfits are an iconic symbol of seduction and allure, forever rooted in pop culture.