Mile-High Fashion: Flight Attendant Uniforms

The high style and glamour of the golden age of flying are making a comeback. Airlines around the world are redesigning their flight attendant uniforms from utilitarian to fashion forward.

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Pacific Southwest Airlines flight attendants in 1973. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Three PanAm stewardess near a jet engine. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

American Airlines "American Field Flowers Collection by Leonard Fisher" (1971-1974). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

American Airlines "American Field Flowers Collection by Leonard Fisher" (1971-1974). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

American Airlines "American Field Flowers Collection by Leonard Fisher" (1971-1974). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

American Airlines "American Field Flowers Collection by Leonard Fisher" (1971-1974). American Airlines "American Field Flowers Collection by Leonard Fisher" (1971-1974). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

American Airlines 747 lounge (1970s). American Airlines "American Field Flowers Collection by Leonard Fisher" (1971-1974). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Boeing 747 publicity shot of a United stewardess (early 1970s). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

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A Hughes Airwest uniform used from 1972 to 1977 uniform, designed by Mario Zamparelli. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Katherine Hern models a Hughes Airwest uniform used from 1972 to 1977 uniform, designed by Mario Zamparelli. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Designer Oleg Cassini's futuristic look for the flight attendants of Air West. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

A smiling Air West flight attendant. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

A Pacific Southwest Airlines flight attendant in 1973. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

A Pacific Southwest Airlines flight attendant in 1973. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Mary Finley North and her sister, both Northwest stewardesses (circa 1945). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Qantas Airways used these uniforms designed by Emil Pucci from 1974 to 1985. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Qantas Airways used these uniforms designed by Emil Pucci from 1974 to 1985. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

A United Airlines stewardess with food service in the galley (circa 1950). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

United Airlines flight attendants wearing their winter uniforms inside a 747 (circa 1966). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Delta Air Lines' stewardesses summer uniforms, 1969-70. 960 1280

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First class on Delta Air Lines in 1969 was spacious and meals were elegantly prepared. 960 1280

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A stewardess begins her training aboard Delta Air Lines in the 1950s. 960 1280

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Delta Air Lines' stewardesses summer uniforms, 1969-70. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

Delta Air Lines' stewardesses winter uniforms, 1965-68. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

A flight attendant serves alcohol to happy passengers on Delta Air Lines. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

First class on Delta Air Lines in 1969 was spacious and meals were elegantly prepared. 960 1280

  

A Delta 747 flight attendant uses a meal elevator. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

A 1970s Delta flight attendant prepares to serve meals. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

A Delta Boeing 747 first class meal service, 1970s. 960 1280

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Stewardesses line up for training aboard Delta Air Lines in the 1950s. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

Stewardesses in training for Delta Air Lines. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

Stewardesses were the life of the party during the golden age of air travel. 960 1280

Photo courtesy of Maxine Andrews  

The stewardess lifestyle was seen as glamourous, fun and sexy. 960 1280

Photo courtesy of Maxine Andrews  

Stewardesses enjoyed a camaraderie during the golden age of air travel. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

A family aboard Delta Air Lines in the 1960s. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

Stewardesses mixed drinks, lit cigarettes, prepared elegant four course meals, and always went that extra mile to satisfy the needs of passengers. 960 1280

  

Being a stewardess was seen as an exclusive job filled with adventure and glamour. 960 1280

Photo courtesy of Judi Martino  

Flying in the 1960s was at the height of its glory and jet age sophistication. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

Photos

Pacific Southwest Airlines flight attendants in 1973. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Three PanAm stewardess near a jet engine. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

American Airlines "American Field Flowers Collection by Leonard Fisher" (1971-1974). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

American Airlines "American Field Flowers Collection by Leonard Fisher" (1971-1974). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

American Airlines "American Field Flowers Collection by Leonard Fisher" (1971-1974). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

American Airlines "American Field Flowers Collection by Leonard Fisher" (1971-1974). American Airlines "American Field Flowers Collection by Leonard Fisher" (1971-1974). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

American Airlines 747 lounge (1970s). American Airlines "American Field Flowers Collection by Leonard Fisher" (1971-1974). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Boeing 747 publicity shot of a United stewardess (early 1970s). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

Museum of Flight Archives  

A Hughes Airwest uniform used from 1972 to 1977 uniform, designed by Mario Zamparelli. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Katherine Hern models a Hughes Airwest uniform used from 1972 to 1977 uniform, designed by Mario Zamparelli. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Designer Oleg Cassini's futuristic look for the flight attendants of Air West. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

A smiling Air West flight attendant. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

A Pacific Southwest Airlines flight attendant in 1973. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

A Pacific Southwest Airlines flight attendant in 1973. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Mary Finley North and her sister, both Northwest stewardesses (circa 1945). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Qantas Airways used these uniforms designed by Emil Pucci from 1974 to 1985. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Qantas Airways used these uniforms designed by Emil Pucci from 1974 to 1985. This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

A United Airlines stewardess with food service in the galley (circa 1950). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

United Airlines flight attendants wearing their winter uniforms inside a 747 (circa 1966). This image is from the Museum of Flight's second Style in the Aisle exhibit. 960 1280

  

Delta Air Lines' stewardesses summer uniforms, 1969-70. 960 1280

Delta Airlines   

First class on Delta Air Lines in 1969 was spacious and meals were elegantly prepared. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

A stewardess begins her training aboard Delta Air Lines in the 1950s. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

Delta Air Lines' stewardesses summer uniforms, 1969-70. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

Delta Air Lines' stewardesses winter uniforms, 1965-68. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

A flight attendant serves alcohol to happy passengers on Delta Air Lines. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

First class on Delta Air Lines in 1969 was spacious and meals were elegantly prepared. 960 1280

  

A Delta 747 flight attendant uses a meal elevator. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

A 1970s Delta flight attendant prepares to serve meals. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

A Delta Boeing 747 first class meal service, 1970s. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

Stewardesses line up for training aboard Delta Air Lines in the 1950s. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

Stewardesses in training for Delta Air Lines. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

Stewardesses were the life of the party during the golden age of air travel. 960 1280

Photo courtesy of Maxine Andrews  

The stewardess lifestyle was seen as glamourous, fun and sexy. 960 1280

Photo courtesy of Maxine Andrews  

Stewardesses enjoyed a camaraderie during the golden age of air travel. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

A family aboard Delta Air Lines in the 1960s. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines  

Stewardesses mixed drinks, lit cigarettes, prepared elegant four course meals, and always went that extra mile to satisfy the needs of passengers. 960 1280

  

Being a stewardess was seen as an exclusive job filled with adventure and glamour. 960 1280

Photo courtesy of Judi Martino  

Flying in the 1960s was at the height of its glory and jet age sophistication. 960 1280

Delta Air Lines