Pan Am Flight Attendant Uniform
- Pan Am Flight Attendant Uniform Side View
- Flight attendants are an invaluable part of the flight crew. They wear their uniform for the same reason the pilot wears theirs, recognizable to passengers and staff, whether in the aircraft terminal or onboard the aircraft, especially in an emergency case. This two-piece, wool flight attendant suit consists of a tailored four-button jacket with princess seams and a knee-length skirt featuring a box pleat on the back. The color is a gray-blue that appears to have faded significantly, and on the jacket’s front, there can clearly be seen two holes from where a Pan Am button was once pinned. The two angular folds at the jacket’s bottom front appear to be pockets; however, closer inspection reveals them to be a design detail. This is also repeated on the cuffs. The designer of this uniform, Don Loper, was mostly known for designing pieces reminiscent of old Hollywood’s golden age; he also designed Pan Am uniforms between 1959 and 1969. This particular uniform recently reappeared in popular culture thanks to the television show Pan Am (2011-2012). As the show takes place during the 1960s, the actresses portraying flight attendants are wearing this piece's faithful adaptations.