Style in the Aisle: Flight Attendant Fashion

Remember when flying was more glamorous? Check out vintage flight attendant uniforms through the years, showing the changing styles from the 1950s to the 1970s.

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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  

Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand

No, you’re not looking at a fashion show entrance. It’s Air New Zealand’s flight crew rocking their colorful uniforms by fashion designer Trelise Cooper. The bold pink pattern has received mixed reviews from passengers and flight attendants alike. But there’s no problem spotting this cabin crew a mile away, that’s for sure. 960 1280

Air New Zealand  

Virgin America

Virgin America

Banana Republic was tasked with making over Virgin America’s flight attendant uniforms. The result is a “utility chic” collection that includes leather jackets, trench coats, zip cardigans and shirt dresses. The signature silk charmeuse scarves will be sold on the ground as well in select Banana Republic stores. 960 1280

Virgin America  

Lufthansa

Lufthansa

While some airlines are trying to sex-up their flight attendant uniforms, German flag carrier Lufthansa dons its flight attendants in conservative and classic navy jackets and caps, with just a pop of color -- yellow neck scarves for the women and yellow ties for the men. 960 1280

Gregor Schlaeger/ Lufthansa  

Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways

Australian designer Peter Morrissey created the current Qantas uniform, with its distinctive boomerang print. Qantas isn’t stopping there: Always fashion-forward, with past designs from Pucci to YSL, Qantas next plans to unveil new designs for its cabin crew and ground staff in 2014. 960 1280

Qantas Airways  

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia

Its bold red-and-purple uniforms are just one of several ways that Virgin Australia (formerly Virgin Blue) has sought to refresh its image over the past few years. In 2011, Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson debuted the new flight attendant uniforms -- a sexier, more glamorous ’60s-inspired look. 960 1280

Justin Nicholas/Atmosphere Photography  

Korean Air

Korean Air

After many evolutions over the decades, Korean Air’s current uniform, designed by Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre, blends modern, sleek fabrics with Korean’s traditional elegant and supple lines. The current uniform is even reported to be extremely comfortable for long international flights. 960 1280

Korean Air  

Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines, a boutique Canadian airline, is known for its extra touches like complimentary Canadian microbrews in real glasses and fresh muffins in the morning. Its retro flight attendant uniforms are just as noteworthy and refined, especially the pillbox hats. 960 1280

Porter Airlines  

Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines

With the launch of daily flights from Brussels Airport to JFK, Brussels Airlines has given its flight attendants a bold new look, swapping their traditional blue-and-white uniform for a striking red number. The New York Ambassadors, as this flight crew is called, even carry stylish red bags with the words, “I’ll Take Manhattan.” 960 1280

Brussels Airlines  

Photos

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  

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