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December 15, 2020

Beautiful Flight Attendant Uniforms Around the World From the 1970s

We’ve come a long way since the early days of flying, from the rough-ride commercial airliners in the early 1900s to the glamorous, smoke-fogged flights of the 1960s.

The first in-flight hostesses during the 1930s and 1940s wore military-inspired skirt suits in bland hues with white gloves and matching hats. Femininity and glamor took reigns in the 1950s and 1960s, with bouffants, pillbox hats, and funky mod looks making waves. The 1970s welcomed bright colors, psychedelic patterns, and a time when short skirts and Go-go boots were not uncommon to see walking the aisle with refreshments.

Back in 1972, this set of photographs of flight attendants simply illustrated the range of uniforms to be found across the skies.

Pan-Am attendant

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) attendant

Singapore Airlines attendant

Caledonian attendant

Pan-Am attendant

Lufthansa attendant

Singapore Airlines attendant

Pan-Am attendant

Air France attendant

Iceland Airways attendant

BOAC attendant

BOAC attendant

Pan-Am attendant

BOAC attendant

Aer Lingus attendant

(Photos by David Reed/ Getty Images)


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