I have been hard at work creating my first line of dress that will make their appearance at the Pin Show on February 26th, 2008. Sky Girls is a 1960's inspired stewardess line of dresses. They are flirty, fun and very colorful!
My Great Aunt Hazel was a flight attendant in the late 1960's. When she passed away a few years ago, my Grandmother gave me one of her favorite burgundy winter coats. When the package arrived at my door steps, I was very surprised to find that this fabulous 1970's jacket was not just fabulous, it was Valentino and accompanied by two beautiful silk Valentino scarfs.
I began to do research on vintage air lines uniforms and was very surprised to find that several designers including Pucci designed uniforms for these fablous women of the Sky. Knoppen is my favorite on-line source of uniform archives. I have spent many hours scrolling though the endless pages of photos and wonderful information.
TWA uniform 1971-1974
My second favorite source of information is Stewardess Come Fly With Me! By: Elissa Stein. In this book Stein celebrates the ear when flying was chic and to be a stewardess was to live a life of stylish professional elegance and thrilling international adventure. The book if packed with vintage photographs, training materials, ads and snapshots from stewardesses themselves.
Each day I will be adding more information about the inspiration for my Sky Girls line. Be sure to check back in!