Monday, November 4, 2019

Come Fly With Me

Before 1970, flight attendants were called stewardesses (and were exclusively female). Their job was glamorous; the young women got to travel around the world for free.

Airlines realized how prominent stewardesses were as representatives of their companies and devoted effort to identify them through fashion. Many, like TWA, hired famous designers to create uniforms. The TWA Hotel has an exhibit of some of these historical outfits; they're attractive. Here are some pics...















22 comments:

  1. These are so cool! I think the green and the yellow are my favs.

    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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  2. The early ones really tickle my style eye! thanks for this, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Sure. It's fun to travel back in time and see how women lived then.

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  3. It really is an interesting subject - I enjoyed the exhibition about them in the Atomium in Brussels. They really have evolved over the years and I think they must be a much more comfortable and practical than the waist pinching ones of the early ones. :) Thank you for a lovely read on my break :D

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  4. All of the airlines had great outfits for their stewardesses. Back then they were always in skirts or dresses. Now you see some in slacks. The style of the uniform gave an appearance of competence and authority as well as sensuality.
    Of course, back in the day the passengers all dressed for travel. These days you see lots of sweat suits and even PJs on planes.

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    1. I know; you're right. I can't believe people wear pajamas to the airport.

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  5. Those stewardess outfits are to die for, and I'm especially loving the yellow and green ones. In fact, I wouldn't mind wearing that green one on an average day! Thank you for sharing so much awesomeness, Ally! xxx

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    1. You, Suzanne and I need to find green ones in our sizes!

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    1. Happy to hear! I was afraid I was the only one.

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  7. Lovely uniforms, I would enjoy wearing something like this to work. I especially love the light blue one. I suspect it was the summer version of the uniform, still had to be a warm outfit. Thanks for sharing these images. Brings back memories of the game shows offering travel packages!

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  8. That is so fun! I love how colourful they are, but ooh, those look like double-knit polyester! I bet they were not comfortable to wear!

    John Fluevog designed shoes for the attendants on one of the Air Canada lines here in Canada in 2013: http://www.nationalpost.com/m/canada+rouge+brings+fluevog+flavour/9785196/story.html

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    1. Oh, wow… I didn't know that about John. Thanks!

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  9. A Valentino uniform? Sign me up!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  10. I’ve always found it so interesting what flight attendants have worn over the years. What a neat collection of uniforms!

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  11. I miss when we used to dress for things! It did create a little bit of extra magic.

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  12. Exactly. When WE put in effort, experiences matter more. We pay greater attention and create better outcomes.

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  13. That's so cool! Flying was so much more dignified...of course, you could also smoke on the plane, which doesn't sound great. But I think the uniforms make up for it, haha!

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