Conde Nast video shows 100 years of flight attendant style

  • A century of cabin fashion is revealed with a fascinating new video showcasing uniform styles of each decade
  • Journey from 1930s’ elegance through the hip outfits of the 1960s to the designer looks of today
  • The styles of cabin crew provide a visual insight to traveller trends and aspirations of each era 

A fascinating video exploring 100 years of flight attendant fashion has been released that highlights the iconic looks of each decade – and how US air travel has evolved since its noisy beginnings.

When flying was just the preserve of the super wealthy in the 1930s, flight attendants wore pale midi-length skirt suits with their hair tasselled into finger wave hairstyles. The elegance of their attire reflected the aspirations of the jet-set rather than the economic depression unfolding on the ground.

By the 1940s, the video by Conde Nast Traveler shows, a more formal and confident uniform emerged with air stewards sporting glamorous red lipstick and pin curls, often seen on Hollywood stars of the silver screen. The golden age of aviation began in the 1950s with the blue uniform and cap of glamorous Pan Am attendants becoming an iconic look.

As commercial flying became more affordable and mainstream, airlines relaxed their uniforms to embrace the bold colours, fun make up and sense of freedom that embodied the swinging 1960s. Cabin crew sported knee high boots, mini dresses and cape jackets to look as trendy as their passengers.

By the 1970s, A-line skirts, patterned shirts, waistcoats and feathered haircuts were all the rage, giving way to ruffles and shoulder padded jackets in the 1980s. Oversized suit jackets, sober colours and polished make up defined the 1990s, when the first batch of low-cost airlines emerged.

Female flight attendants switched to dresses and cravats in the 2000s. Nowadays, as new hubs and airlines have launched, fashion designers ensure that cabin crew uniforms look as vibrant and innovative as each brand.

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When flying was just the preserve of the super wealthy in the 1930s, flight attendants wore pale midi-length skirt suits with their hair tasselled into finger wave hairstyles. The elegance of their attire reflected the aspirations of the jet-set rather than the economic depression unfolding on the ground


By the 1940s a more formal and confident uniform emerged with air stewards sporting glamorous red lipstick and pin curls, often seen on Hollywood stars of the silver screen



The golden age of aviation began in the 1950s with the blue uniform and cap of glamorous Pan Am attendants becoming an iconic look. Hemlines had risen to the knee and suits were more tailored


As commercial flying became more affordable and mainstream, airlines relaxed their uniforms to embrace the bold colours, fun make up and sense of freedom that embodied the swinging 60s. Cabin crew sported knee high boots, mini dresses and cape jackets to look as trendy as their passengers


By the 70s, A-line skirts, patterned shirts, waistcoats and feathered haircuts were all the rage


The power dressing of the 1980s was showcased with ruffled dresses and shoulder padded jackets. The make up is also a lot stronger than the nude shades of the 70s


Oversized suit jackets, sober colours and polished make up defined the 1990s, when the first batch of low-cost airlines emerged


Female flight attendants switched to dresses and cravats in the 2000s (left) with fashion designers starting to create looks for big name airlines by 2010 (right)


Nowadays, with the launch of new hubs and airlines, cabin crew uniforms look vibrant and innovative to relfect the brand


The video concludes with a speculative suggestion of how fashion might evolve in the future – with silver knee high boots and hot pants






Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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