Exhibition offers a look at airline uniforms of the past

Seattle's Museum of Flight opens a fashion show with a difference this weekend, taking a look at some of the iconic flight attendant uniforms of the past eight decades.

Style in the Aisle, which opens January 29, spans the nurse togs worn by 1930s flight crews to the flamboyant creations donned by the attendants of the 1960s and 70s, as flying entered its golden age.

The collection includes items designed by Parisian designer Jean Louis, Italian designer Emilio Pucci, and Hollywood designer Oleg Cassini and represents the uniforms of 12 separate airlines - including some which stopped flying years ago, such as TWA.

Visitors can also discover more about the changing role of (historically almost exclusively female) flight attendants through their outfits, examining how the nurses employed by prewar airlines gave way to the overtly feminine attendants of the 1940s and 1950s with their mink stoles and white gloves and then to the colorful outfits of the 1970s with hot pants, miniskirts and go-go boots.

The exhibition first ran in 2008 and prompted many of the visiting flight attendants to donate their own uniforms, which will be going on display for the first time in this year's event.

For fans of in-flight style that can't attend, there's always the Uniform Freak blog, run by KLM flight attendant Cliff Muskiet who collects and photographs the uniforms on his website.

Style in the Aisle runs January 29 - May 30 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, USA.

http://www.museumofflight.org/

http://www.uniformfreak.com

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