06/04/2018 17:50 EDT | Updated 06/05/2018 11:55 EDT

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 uniformsdesigned 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
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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
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    Two flight attendants with actor Tyrone Power on TWA’s Stratoliner in 1940.
  • 1940s
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    A Canadian Colonial Airways flight attendant with a tray of food and refreshments in the 1940s.
  • Circa 1945
    Circa 1945
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    Eastern Airlines flight stewards pose in their uniforms in front of their aircraft, circa 1945.
  • Circa 1945
    Circa 1945
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    Twin sisters Barbara and Sheila Gordon wearing their flight attendant uniforms in England, circa 1945.
  • Circa 1946
    Circa 1946
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    An Air India flight attendant, circa 1946.
  • Circa 1947
    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
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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
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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
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    Sue Kehner, a flight attendant for National Airlines, circa 1958 in Miami.
  • 1958
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    Flight attendants serve food and drinks to passengers on a Japan Airlines plane in 1958.
  • 1958
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    Nigerian Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa greets stewardess Christina Twsela after the inaugural flight of Nigerian Airways in 1958.
  • 1960
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    A South African stewardess in 1960.
  • 1963
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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
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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
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    Emilio Pucci designed this 1965 uniform for Braniff International Airways hostesses.
  • 1960s
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    Flight attendants serving beverages on an LAN Airways flight in the 1960s.
  • 1967
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    Felicity Downer models a new British United Airways stewardess uniform at Gatwick Airport outside London in 1967.
  • 1967
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    A stewardess in 1967 in a billboard ad campaign for American Airlines.
  • 1968
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    A United Airlines flight attendant in a simulated passenger compartment of a Douglas DC-10 in 1968.
  • 1969
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    Balenciaga designed Air France crew uniforms that debuted in 1969.
  • 1969
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    Three Air France air hostesses at London’s Heathrow Airport wearing new uniforms designed by Balenciaga in 1969.
  • 1969
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    Air Canada stewardesses model new uniforms in 1969.
  • 1970s
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    A 1970s hostess uniform by Emilio Pucci for Braniff International Airways.
  • 1970
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    A Cambrian Air Services flight attendant uniform in 1970.
  • 1971
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    Air hostesses just before welcoming passengers in 1971.
  • 1971
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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
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    Stewardesses working for Southwest Airlines in 1972, when the company followed the dictum that sex sells seats.
  • 1972
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    Pan-Am World Airways stewardesses in 1972.
  • 1972
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    Royal dressmaker Hardy Amies designed these 1972 British Airways uniforms.
  • 1976
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    Dan-Air stewardesses in 1976.
  • 1986
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    Stewardesses on a flight from Madrid to Barcelona in 1986.
  • 1988
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    Aer Lingus air hostesses in Dublin in 1988.
  • 1990
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    A Tempelhof Airways stewardess in 1990.
  • 1999
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    Flight attendants for Japan’s All Nippon Airways introduce its Pokemon jet, which began domestic operations in 1999, at Tokyo International Airport.
  • Early 2000s
    Early 2000s
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    A Continental Airlines flight attendant at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in the early 2000s.
  • 2003
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    Japan Airlines flight attendants wearing newly designed uniforms in Tokyo in 2003.
  • 2006
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    Delta flight attendants modeling new uniforms designed by Richard Tyler in 2006.
  • 2008
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    Singapore Airlines stewardesses in 2008.
  • 2010
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    At a ceremony marking China Eastern Corp.’s acquisition of Shanghai Airlines Co., flight attendants from the two airlines, in Shanghai in 2010.
  • 2015
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    Ethiopian Airlines cabin crew members at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia in 2015.
  • 2015
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    An Etihad Airways flight attendant on a flight from Washington, D.C., to Abu Dhabi in 2015.
  • 2015
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    Austrian Airlines flight attendants with company executive Kay Kratky and fashion designer Marina Hoermanseder after presenting new uniform designs in 2015.
  • 2016
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    Emirates cabin attendants in 2016.
  • 2017
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    Models wear Hainan Airlines stewardess uniforms designed by Laurence Xu in 2017 in Paris.
  • 2018
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    A Thai Airways flight attendant welcomes passengers in 2018.
  • 2018
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    Aeroflot flight attendants in Russia in 2018.

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