In the late 70s, Air France carried out surveys in the company to determine who would be the best designer to create the new uniforms. The chosen ones were Gres, Carven and Nina Ricci.
In the end, Carven and Nina Ricci were selected to design the uniforms. For the first time, two brands handled one of the seasonal uniforms, and this became the case for the following years. Also, hats that accompanied the uniforms until then were no longer required. As airplanes became bigger and the work of the flight attendants became more strenuous, the uniforms became more functional and less mode-focused.
The women of the 80s lived each day with confidence. They began to compete against men, and their fashion expressed this. Thick shoulder pads became the symbolic style of the time.
In 1987, the main uniform was designed by Carven and the shirtdress for summer by Louis Feraud. Both uniforms accentuated the shoulders with taste.
The image of the uniform (fourth photo attached to this article) is the one designed by Carven. It is a dress without a jacket. Made of wool crepe, the dress is accentuated with glossy white cuffs on the elbow-length sleeves, metal buttons and white × navy striped handkerchief in the breast pocket. Chunky heels for the pumps increased stability and comfort. The designs were not only functional, but maintained the elegance required to perform the job with grace.
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