Upcoming Post | Flight Patterns—Airline Uniforms from the 1960s–70s

Upcoming Post | Flight Patterns—Airline Uniforms from the 1960s–70s

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May 2021 - January 2022

Flight Patterns—Airline Uniforms from the 1960s–70s

During the mid-1960s, flight attendant uniforms evolved from conservative-yet-elegant suits to uniforms that mirrored the fun-loving, free-spirited, and progressive style of the decade. Influenced by Go-Go and Mod fashion trends, these colorful and vibrant uniforms celebrated the new pop-cultural status of the jet-setting stewardess. Internationally renowned designers including Jean Louis (1907–97) and Emilio Pucci (1914–92) created ready-to-wear ensembles fashioned from quick-drying, synthetic fabrics, which replaced earlier outfits made from traditional linen and wool. Many uniforms were designed with mix-and-match components in bright, bold colors and patterns, which gave cabin crew the opportunity to express themselves through their choice of dress. This exhibition features flight attendant uniforms made from 1967–74 for Braniff International Airways, Northwest Orient Airlines, Pan American World Airways, Trans World Airlines, and United Air Lines.