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Attend The Fashion In Flight Gallery Tour and Lecture

Fashion In Flight



GALLERY TOUR: Fashion In Flight: A History of Airline Uniform Design
LECTURE: A Cut Above: Interpreting the History of Female Flight Attendant Attire


Date:          Saturday, December 3, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:     Aviation Museum and Library, International Terminal, pre security

Exhibition is open to the public and free of charge.

Visit the SFO Museum Website for directions.  Free parking validation with Airport garage ticket. Or take BART.


In conjunction with the exhibition Fashion In Flight: A History of Airline Uniform Design, curator John H. Hill will conduct a gallery tour and present a slide-illustrated talk on the subject of this unique garment type and its eighty-five year history of design, function, purpose, and place in popular culture.

The same Gallery Tour and Lecture are offered at two different times.
10:00 am – 11:00 am   Gallery Tour
11:15 am – Noon          Lecture
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm       Gallery Tour
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm       Lecture

About the Exhibition
The airline uniform occupies a unique role in the history women’s wear. Fashion In Flight: A History of Airline Uniform Design includes seventy ensembles from over two-dozen airlines spanning eighty-five years. The creations of more than thirty renowned fashion houses and designers are presented in the exhibition. Fashion In Flight traces uniform design from the pre-war nurse and utility chic eras, through the period of European couturiers and Hollywood costumers producing extraordinary collections for airline clientele during the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, to the nostalgia and power-dressing trends of the 1980s and ‘90s, and up to today’s select designers who are keeping airlines at fashion’s forefront. Included are uniforms by Adolfo, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain, Bill Blass, Pierre Cardin, Oleg Cassini, André Courrèges, Christian Dior, Howard Greer, Halston, Edith Head, Stan Herman, Hermès, Macario Jiménez, Christian Lacroix, Papou Lahoud, Ralph Lauren, Don Loper, Jean Louis, Hanae Mori, Jean Patou, Emilio Pucci, Ben Reig, Yves Saint Laurent, Frank Smith, Valentino, and Vivienne Westwood.