Fashion In Flight: Airline Uniform Design

Fashion In Flight: Airline Uniform Design

More than fifty years of airline fashion are on view at San Francisco International Airport.  Presented by SFO Museum,Fashion In Flight: Airline Uniform Design celebrates this unique type of women’s wear with an in-depth look at female flight attendant attire from the 1960s to the present.  Featuring over 30 complete ensembles and accessories from the likes of Adolfo, Pierre Balmain, Bill Blass, Dior, Halston, Edith Head, Stan Herman, Hermès, Macario Jiménez, Christian Lacroix, Ralph Lauren, Jean Louis, Hanae Mori, Jean Patou, Emilio Pucci, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood and others, Fashion In Flight reveals the design history and evolution of the airline uniform, its iconic status in popular culture, and its dynamic relationship to the world of fashion.

The creations of more than two dozen fashion houses and designers are represented in the exhibition.  Fashion In Flight traces uniform design from the post-war era of engagement with European couturiers and Hollywood costumers that produced extraordinary collections for airline clientele during the 1960s and ‘70s, to today’s select designers who are keeping airlines at fashion’s forefront.  

As air travel dramatically increased over the decades, these designers were called upon by dozens of airlines to dress cabin crews in ways that projected brand identity, the excitement of the jet age, and the fashions of the times.  The unique design challenges, opportunities, and successes in meeting these demands are reflected in the masterful and memorable uniforms on exhibition.

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Image: United Airlines Archives

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 to Saturday, September 9, 2017