29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies


Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms

Welcome Aboard the Height of Fashion

Remember the good old days of air travel when you could waltz right up to your gate without a TSA pat-down? When plane cabins filled with cigarette smoke? And during your flight, you were actually served a meal, not just a plastic cup of water and a tiny bag of pretzels? Though be it the meal wasn’t edible, but it was food!

If you’re under the age of 30, you most likely don’t recall. And you surely don’t remember the snappy and mod, and now vintage, flight attendant uniforms worn by the flight crews. (Oh, sorry, they were referred to as stewardesses or air hostesses).

Alrighty then! Join us on this glorious trip back in time to the height of fashion and aviation of the likes we may never see in air travel again. We particularly like the chic and glam flight attendant uniforms from the 60s and 70s from now-defunct airlines like Pacific Southwest Airlines. Enjoy!

 

Pacific Southwest Airlines – 1960s.

With the advertising slogan, “The World’s Friendliest Airline,” PSA operated from 1949 to 1988 and was the country’s first large discount carrier.

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Court Line Aviation – 1973

These sharp uniforms for the popular British holiday carrier were designed by fashion icon Mary Quant, the originator of the miniskirt.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ designer Mary Quant triStar 1960s

 

American Airlines –  mid-1970s

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ American Airlines 1970s

 

Braniff International – 1965

From 1965 to 1974, Italian designer Emilio Pucci created six collections for air hostesses, pilots and ground crew, including these, which may have later inspired costumes for Cirque du Soleil.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Braniff Airlines, designer Emilio Pucci 1960s

 

The Bubble Helmet – Braniff-1965

Also designed  by Pucci, the futuristic Bubble Helmet was used to protect a stewardess from a sudden Ebola outbreak at 20,000 feet.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Braniff Airlines, bubble helmet, designer Emilio Pucci 1960s

 

Hughes Airwest – 1970s

Caped Crusaders or just ready for rain? American artist and designer Mario Armond Zamparelli was contracted by Howard Hughes to create flight attendant uniforms for his airline.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~, Howard Hughes, Hughes Airwest Airlines, 1960s , capes, boots

 

Southwest Airlines – 1970s

Laced leather boots and hot pants. Nothing prudish in these here friendly skies.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Southwest Airlines, shorts, boots, 1970s

 

Continental Airlines – 1970s

The higher the hair, the higher you fly.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Continental Airlines, flower prints, gloves, scarfs, big hair, 1970s

 

Lufthansa – 1970s
29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Lufthansa Airline, 1970s

 

Pacific Southwest Airlines – 1960s

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Pacific Southwest Airlines, PSA legs, hats mini dresses, 1960s

 

United Airlines – 1968

Though short-lived, this bright red uniform was one of the bolder statements from United. The oversized hat was rumored to cause severe neck damage.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ United Airlines, DC-10 cabin, big hat 1960s 70s

 

United Airlines – 1939

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ 1930s, 1939 umbrellas

 

Pacific Southwest – 1960s

Back in the days when you had to worry about something  more than birds getting sucked into the jet engine.
29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ 1960s, 1970s, models, stewardesses posing in jet engine

 

Pan Am – 1969

Stewardesses getting hammered on white wine following flight attendant school graduation.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Pan Am stewardesses drunk on wine, ceremony, flight attendant school

 

Airline Unknown – circa 1945

Stewards serving first-class passengers.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ 1950s, airline plane cabin lounges, first class fashion

 

Ansett (Australia Airlines) – 1969

Few know that Queen Elizabeth (pictured far right) once worked as an airline hostess.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Airlines of Australia, 1960s

 

United Airlines – 1970s

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ United Airlines, DC-10, 1960s

 

TWA – 1968

Air hostess at JFK modeling their stylish new uniforms featuring stylish scarves, berets, and striped tops.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ TWA 1960s JFK airport hat scarfs

 

Airline Unknown – 1980s

What you’d wear to a sorority luau at an Ivy League school.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ 190s beach wear

 

Airline Unknown – 1950s

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ 1967 stewardesses

 

Pacific Southwest – 1960s

More from that funky fun bunch at PSA!

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Paciific Southwest Airlines, PSA, 1970s mini dresses advertising 29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Pacific Southwest advertising PSA gives you a lift

 

Air France – 1969

The French flag carrier hired the late, great Cristobal Balenciaga to design these stylish uniforms. He had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as “the master of us all.”

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Air France 1960s

 

Pan Am – 1970s

With their A-line skirts, these glamorous air hostesses stood out in airports around the world. They also stood in as extras in the movie A Clockwork Orange.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Pan Am 1960s A-line skirts

 

You Guessed It – 1970s

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Pacific Southwes 1970s PSA mine dresses thigh high boots

 

Airline Unknown – 1950s

Stewardesses posing on the bar in the passenger lounge aboard a Lockheed Constellation.

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Lockheed Martin Constellation Airplane Lunge sitting on bar 1960s

 

Trans-Canada Air Lines – 1960s

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ Trans Canada Airlines 1960s

 

Airline Unknown – 1970s

Oh, my! Guess what we caught Timmy doing underneath his blanket!

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ 1970s, under the blanket surprise, mile high club

 

TWA Brochure Cover – 1970s

Enjoy the trip!

29 Vintage Flight Attendant Uniforms that Ruled the Skies ~ 1970s TWA brochure, Peter Max design, psychedelic

Check out this saucy 1970s travel trailer brochure, too!

 

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