STYLE & BEAUTY
06/04/2018 05:50 pm ET Updated Jun 05, 2018

47 Stunning Photos Of Flight Attendant Uniforms Over The Years

From statement-making accessories to evolving skirt lengths.

It’s no secret that passengers have gotten more relaxed in their flying apparel over the years, and flight attendant uniforms have seen dramatic changes too. 

From statement-making hats to leg-baring shorts, attire for cabin crews has evolved over the past century of commercial air travel. Southwest Airlines, for instance, used to design uniforms around the axiom that sex sells tickets.

Many airlines have collaborated with prominent designers like Balenciaga and Emilio Pucci to refresh their flight attendants’ looks. Just last week, Delta began utilizing new crew uniforms designed by Zac Posen.

We’ve rounded up 47 photos showing flight attendant uniforms from the 1930s to the present. Keep scrolling for a look at cabin crew style through the years (including back in the day when it was still the norm to call flight attendants stewardesses).

  • 1930
    Often considered the first female flight attendant in history, 25-year-old registered nurse Ellen Church from Iowa welco
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    Often considered the first female flight attendant in history, 25-year-old registered nurse Ellen Church from Iowa welcomes a traveler at the door of a Boeing 80 A for Boeing Air Transport in 1930.
  • 1940
    Two flight attendants with actor Tyrone Power on TWA’s Stratoliner in 1940.
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    Two flight attendants with actor Tyrone Power on TWA’s Stratoliner in 1940.
  • 1940s
    A Canadian Colonial Airways flight attendant with a tray of food and refreshments in the 1940s.
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    A Canadian Colonial Airways flight attendant with a tray of food and refreshments in the 1940s.
  • Circa 1945
    Eastern Airlines flight stewards pose in their uniforms in front of their aircraft, circa 1945.
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    Eastern Airlines flight stewards pose in their uniforms in front of their aircraft, circa 1945.
  • Circa 1945
    Twin sisters Barbara and Sheila Gordon wearing their flight attendant uniforms in England, circa 1945.
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    Twin sisters Barbara and Sheila Gordon wearing their flight attendant uniforms in England, circa 1945.
  • Circa 1946
    An Air India flight attendant, circa 1946.
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    An Air India flight attendant, circa 1946.
  • Circa 1947
    Avianca Airlines, Pan American Airways and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines stewardesses in San Juan, Puerto Rico, circa 1947.
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    Avianca Airlines, Pan American Airways and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines stewardesses in San Juan, Puerto Rico, circa 1947.
  • 1952
    A flight attendant looks over the passenger list of a British West Indian Airlines plane at the Piarco International Air
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    A flight attendant looks over the passenger list of a British West Indian Airlines plane at the Piarco International Airport in Piarco, Trinidad, in 1952.
  • 1955
    Uniforms worn in the 25 years since “sky girls” first went aloft, modeled by United Airlines stewardesses. From l
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    Uniforms worn in the 25 years since “sky girls” first went aloft, modeled by United Airlines stewardesses. From left, Carol Roos, in United’s original 1930 outfit; Carol L. Smith, 1933; Ruth Warren, 1936; Connie Ammon, 1937; Norma Banks, 1939; Nancy Riley, 1941 and Aldys Holmes, 1955.
  • 1958
    Sue Kehner, a flight attendant for National Airlines, circa 1958 in Miami.
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    Sue Kehner, a flight attendant for National Airlines, circa 1958 in Miami.
  • 1958
    Flight attendants serve food and drinks to passengers on a Japan Airlines plane in 1958.
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    Flight attendants serve food and drinks to passengers on a Japan Airlines plane in 1958.
  • 1958
    Nigerian Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa greets stewardess Christina Twsela after the inaugural flight of Nigerian Airw
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    Nigerian Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa greets stewardess Christina Twsela after the inaugural flight of Nigerian Airways in 1958.
  • 1960
    A South African stewardess in 1960.
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    A South African stewardess in 1960.
  • 1963
    Three flight attendants spoke out at a press conference in 1963 about American Airlines’ policy of retiring them at the
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    Three flight attendants spoke out at a press conference in 1963 about American Airlines’ policy of retiring them at the age of 32.
  • 1965
    United Airlines’ Capt. L.L. Treece escorts stewardesses Carol DiPasalegne and JoAnn Tartaul to the crew lounge after&nb
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    United Airlines’ Capt. L.L. Treece escorts stewardesses Carol DiPasalegne and JoAnn Tartaul to the crew lounge after a trip from Chicago in 1965.
  • 1965
    Emilio Pucci designed this 1965 uniform for Braniff International Airways hostesses.
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    Emilio Pucci designed this 1965 uniform for Braniff International Airways hostesses.
  • 1960s
    Flight attendants serving beverages on an LAN Airways flight in the 1960s.
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    Flight attendants serving beverages on an LAN Airways flight in the 1960s.
  • 1967
    Felicity Downer models a new British United Airways stewardess uniform at Gatwick Airport outside London in 1967.
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    Felicity Downer models a new British United Airways stewardess uniform at Gatwick Airport outside London in 1967.
  • 1967
    A stewardess in 1967 in a billboard ad campaign for American Airlines.
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    A stewardess in 1967 in a billboard ad campaign for American Airlines.
  • 1968
    A United Airlines flight attendant in a simulated passenger compartment of a Douglas DC-10 in 1968.
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    A United Airlines flight attendant in a simulated passenger compartment of a Douglas DC-10 in 1968.
  • 1969
    Balenciaga designed Air France crew uniforms that debuted in 1969.
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    Balenciaga designed Air France crew uniforms that debuted in 1969.
  • 1969
    Three Air France air hostesses at London’s Heathrow Airport wearing new uniforms designed by Balenciaga in 1969.
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    Three Air France air hostesses at London’s Heathrow Airport wearing new uniforms designed by Balenciaga in 1969.
  • 1969
    Air Canada stewardesses model new uniforms in 1969.
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    Air Canada stewardesses model new uniforms in 1969.
  • 1970s
    A 1970s hostess uniform by Emilio Pucci for Braniff International Airways.
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    A 1970s hostess uniform by Emilio Pucci for Braniff International Airways.
  • 1970
    A Cambrian Air Services flight attendant uniform in 1970.
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    A Cambrian Air Services flight attendant uniform in 1970.
  • 1971
    Air hostesses just before welcoming passengers in 1971.
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    Air hostesses just before welcoming passengers in 1971.
  • 1971
    Stewardess Cynthia Robertson holds a Bengal tiger cub while modeling the new synthetic tiger fur uniform for National Airline
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    Stewardess Cynthia Robertson holds a Bengal tiger cub while modeling the new synthetic tiger fur uniform for National Airlines in 1971.
  • 1972
    Stewardesses working for Southwest Airlines in 1972, when the company followed the dictum that sex sells seats.
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    Stewardesses working for Southwest Airlines in 1972, when the company followed the dictum that sex sells seats.
  • 1972
    Pan-Am World Airways stewardesses in 1972.
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    Pan-Am World Airways stewardesses in 1972.
  • 1972
    Royal dressmaker Hardy Amies designed these 1972 British Airways uniforms.
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    Royal dressmaker Hardy Amies designed these 1972 British Airways uniforms.

CORRECTION: A wire photo caption in a previous version of this story indicated that a Continental Airlines employee worked for American Airlines.  

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