Yesterday’s post, which took a look at the Chanel Spring 2012 Couture Collection, got me thinking about Pan Am Flight Attendants. I don’t know if you’ve watched the show or if you are familiar with the airline and the mystique surrounding it, but it was truly considered the most glamorous career.
Nelle (who is one of the people behind the NGO World Resource Group in Honduras, where Lukus and I visited back in November) was a Flight Attendant for the airline starting in 1979 (she did her training in Honolulu- tough life!). The term stewardess was no longer used (and frankly, Nelle went by Sky Goddess anyways), but the style continued. Everything from the uniforms to the white tablecloth meal service made flying a stylish event.
I asked Nelle if she had a photo from the era of Pan Am glam and she didn’t disappoint! This was taken from inside the engine of a 747, I think it is safe to say that Pan Am work had the potential to be a lot of fun. I was especially excited to share this photo, as Edith Head designed these uniforms!
Now this image has much more to do with the airliner setting of the Chanel show than today’s air travel. Don’t you wish the skies were still this chic?