Ana Defillo
August 05, 2016 8:13 am
SFO Museum

Ever wonder how flight attendants manage to look fashionable 24/7? I’ve always admired how well put together they seem while keeping us safe at 40,000 feet. Meanwhile, I’m chilling in my sweatpants and messy updo. Thanks to a new exhibit located at San Francisco’s airport, we now know one way they stay so chic is with fashion forward uniforms.

The SFO Museum is celebrating a unique part of fashion history with a new exhibition entitled, “Fashion In Flight: A History of Airline Uniform Design.” The fascinating exhibition provides an in-depth look at women flight attendant fashion starting from 1930 to present day.  It features over 70 outfits and accessories from more than 30 big-name fashion houses and designers such as Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Oleg Cassini, Christian Lacroix, Ralph Lauren, and Vivienne Westwood.  (No wonder!) “Fashion In Flight” displays the history and “evolution of the airline uniform, its iconic status in popular culture, and its dynamic relationship to the world of fashion.”

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Why did airlines get fashion’s biggest designers involved? According to the museum’s press release, “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.” Smart move.

Pretty much every uniform in the exhibit is something I want to own but I narrowed down the pool to some of my faves for your viewing pleasure. You can see the rest at the online exhibit here.

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