If I was to pick a single period of time in the history of aviation to revive, then this would be the former Olympic Airways era. Every girl who longs a career up in the sky, daydreams about being a part of this golden era of aviation. Back then, when famous designers competed with each other about who would design the finest and most elegant patterns to dress the glamorous flying girls.
Jean Dessès and the first uniform of Olympic Airways (1957-1966)
Coco Chanel followed, presenting a vibrant, super chic uniform style that bared her signature jacket style and kept the hat. The jacket designed by Coco Chanel was a signature button-up with a white peter pan collar and a cute bow right below the neck.
The uniform designed by Coco Chanel was in use for three years and became a promiment chapter of the company's history.
Coco Chanel and the ladies wearing her fabulous uniforms (1966-1968)
Pierre Cardin followed with his perception of the ultimate uniform style inspired by the space age trend of the late 1960's. His design was the most influential uniform design of all times in my opinion, including a mini dress, a statement cape and a beautiful bonnet hat.
Pierre Cardin and his ultimate uniform style inspired by the space age (1969-1971)
In 1972, maxi dresses are introduced for the flight attendants in Business Class when Yannis Tseklenis was assigned to design the company's brand new uniforms. The Olympic rings starred in the new uniform while a new maxi and mini version came in use, enriched with complimentory accessories like the umbrellas.
Yannis Tseklenis' design for the business class ladies (1972-1976)
The hippie design of Roula Stathi
There is no doubt that after the death of Aristotle Onassis, Olympic Airlines lost its prestige, although there were several attempts made to bring back some of the company's long-gone glamour. Elegant uniforms work as an unmistakable sign of excellent service and unremarkable style for each company.
And even though I did not have the chance to work Olympic's glamorous days, this dream will always stay alive.
*** None of the above photos is mine. All are borrowed from pinterest.
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