Flight attendants have always been the embodiment of elegance, sophistication, and self-confidence. Despite all the difficulties of their profession, flight attendants always manage to look perfect. And that starts with their unique and stylish outfits designed for them by the largest fashion brands like Dior, Balenciaga, Vivienne Westwood, and more.
1. Qantas Airlines
The uniform of the Australian airline Qantas, designed by Martin Grant, is considered one of the best in the world. In his collections, he did something different with the shades and made the pink pop. The red and black blocks look really stylish and bold, especially when worn by Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr.
2. Air France
The French fashion designers are known for their fashion sense, so you expect their national airlines to fall in line with that presumption, and you’d be absolutely right to do so. In the 60s, Balenciaga and Dior designed outfits for flight attendants, and in 2005 Christian Lacroix updated their uniforms. The designer used the dark tones and combined them with the signature scarlet gloves and a bright red bow-tie belt. *Chef’s kiss*
3. Turkish Airlines
Milanese designer Ettore Bilotta, who was inspired by the beauty of Istanbul, worked on the design of a brand new uniform for Turkish flight attendants. He brought elements from traditional calligraphy and mosaics and combined them with contemporary interpretations of Turkish motifs. The easily recognizable patterns can be seen on every piece of clothing, from hats and gloves to bags and accessories.
4. Virgin Atlantic
This glamorous uniform was designed by the amazing Vivienne Westwood. The blouse, the pencil skirt, the fancy jacket – all these elements are combined to create one of the most iconic airline uniforms. In addition to that, the suits are made out of polyester yarns extracted from recycled plastic bottles.
5. Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines uniforms have remained virtually unchanged in 50 years. Outfits for flight attendants were developed by the ingenious French couturier Pierre Balmain back in 1968. The designer took all the nuances of the job, mixed in the traditional motifs, and also added a bit of pizzazz. Did you know that the uniform is based on the national costume – sarong kebaya? Now you do!
6. China Eastern Airlines
To create this uniform, the airline hired the famous French fashion designer Christian Lacroix. The new look he devised was based on the Shanghai and European styles combined with whiffs and notes of French fashion. Lacroix chose navy blue as the basis, with vibrant red accessories. According to the airline, the uniform combines traditional oriental charm with the elegance of the Western style.
The Virgin Australia uniform was designed by Project Runway winner Juli Grbac and officially unveiled in 2011. The unusual combination of scarlet and purple makes it possible to notice the company’s employees from afar. According to Juli, the entire process of creating the uniform, from a sketch to a prototype, took only seven months.
Perhaps one of the best modern uniforms is the new SkyUp suit, created by the Ukrainian designer Lasha Mdinaradze. He sketched up the initial design, played around with classy patterns, and even added a stylish coat for the off-season! The high heels needed to go and were replaced by much more comfortable Nike sneakers, and the iconic silk scarf has become a key feature of SkyUp’s uniform.