On the occasion of 80 years of the airline (inaugurated on October 7, 1933), Gacox.com looks back on the evolution of outfits for hostesses and stewards. Dressed by the greatest couturiers, they had to embody French chic. Review of the most iconic looks.
1946 – The very first uniform
Flight attendants have been on Air France planes since 1946. Previously, there were only flight attendants on board. Their first uniform, created by Georgette Renal, is a real working tool that is used to be easily identifiable and to give them the necessary authority to enforce safety instructions.
Early 1950s – Georgette de Trèze
An Air France hostess in the early 1950s in a Georgette de Trèze suit. It is the first time that they have received two tailors of different fabric. A winter version (with a very long skirt) and another in lighter fabric for the summer.
1955 – House Virginie
A hostess wearing the “Tropical” dress, created by Maison Virginie for Air France.
1963 – Christian Dior
The light blue summer dress created by Christian Dior for Air France.
1969 – Balenciaga
Hostesses pose dressed in the summer ensemble in blue or pale pink by Cristobal Balenciaga.
1969 – Balenciaga
The navy blue winter suit created by Balenciaga.
1976 – Jean Patou
The striped dress, created by the Jean Patou house, was worn exclusively on board the Concorde, whose first commercial flight took place on January 21, 1976.
1978 – Carven
From 1978, Air France called on several designers at the same time and thus allowed its on-board staff to choose the model that suited them best. Here, the hostesses wear the “tropical” houndstooth dress (in red or blue) created by Carven.
1987 – Carven
Hostesses present the wardrobe created by the Carven house.
1987 – Louis Féraud
The pastel-toned summer dresses (sky blue, pink and champagne) designed by Louis Féraud had a removable collar and a fabric belt.
1997 – Carven and Nina Ricci
In 1997, two different designers were responsible for the wardrobe of Air France hostesses. From left to right: the “Fregate” Carven dress, the red Nina Ricci dress, the Carven mid-season suit and the Nina Ricci “basket blue” summer ensemble.
2005 – Christian Lacroix
Since 2005, 36,000 Air France employees have worn the outfits created by Christian Lacroix. The couturier has designed around a hundred pieces that are as elegant as they are timeless, from gloves to pumps to parka, with navy blue as the base color.