The stewardess of the mid-to-late 20th Century is forever enshrined in the public consciousness as an icon of allure. The Golden Age of Air Travel (the 1960s through the 1980s) was buoyed by adventurous, service-oriented young women who were always dressed to impress (often in uniforms designed by Balenciaga, Pucci, Nina Ricci and Jackie Kennedy’s go-to-guy Oleg Cassini). They served as muses to couturiers, arm candy to celebrities, and many landed atop high society as the second wives of CEOs.
At a time when most women went from high school student to homemaker, airline stewardesses stood out for the boldness with which they deviated from society’s playbook. As 2013 draws to a close and holiday travel planning begins, Vixen pays tribute to these flying feministas by showcasing their style (and our favorite uniforms of all time).