Qantas has named Melbourne-born designer Martin Grant as the man to create new-look uniforms for the airline's cabin crew and ground staff.
Grant, seen here flanked by Qantas cabin crew decked out in uniforms spanning the decades, will craft what Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says will be "a new, distinctly Australian look designed for Qantas’ customer service employees", with a "fresh and contemporary style."
The new uniforms will debut in 2014, following a process which begins with Grant working the Qantas uniform panel (a team of uniformed employees across the business) to provide feedback on elements such as wear and comfort) and collaborating with Qantas employees to evolve concepts and designs.
The current Qantas uniforms (above and below) were introduced in 2003 and created by Australian fashion designer Peter Morrissey, and underwent a refresh in 2008.
Those are a long way from this groovy look of the mid-70s through to the mid-80s:
(After all, nothing says 'premium airline' like an orange jacket with a mustard-yellow shirt and stripey brown tie.)
Today's frequent flyers may be more likely to recall trips with Qantas staff decked out in these blue (and rather British-looking) uniforms of 1985-93...
... and will certainly be familiar with the duskier navy tones through to 2003.
Here's what hosties were wearing in the early '70s – back in those days when we could call them hosties.
All those uniforms plus a red mini from the late 60s come together in this shot of Qantas uniforms from past to present.
Click here for a slideshow of Qantas uniforms from 1948 to today – and if you're really into the in-flight fashion, visit the very detailed if oddly unsettling (and thus, perhaps appropriately-named) UniformFreak site featuring "1,142 different stewardess uniforms from 433 airlines."
By way of comparison, Virgin Australia's 2011 uniform plays up the airline’s palette of red, silver and purple while keeping a dash of that old-world glam, from the days when flying was a treat instead of just another trip.
Check out our photo gallery of the Virgin Australia uniforms.
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