Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween 2009: Retro Air Hostess

Cidell and I had the idea to do Retro Air Hostesses last year, but I ended up being in Germany for work and had to miss Halloween. I had already purchased the fabulous poly chiffon print for the scarf last year and didn't have any other burning ideas, and in fact, didn't necessarily plan to dress up at all, as discussed previously, until my brother and sister-in-law decided to come visit for Halloween. So the Retro Air Hostess was back on and here it is:

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I'll discuss the costume in a three part series. This is the introduction, then I'll cover the uniform and then the hat.

First, there was research. OK, that's not really true. I did some research last year but this year I didn't have time before I started my uniform. After I'd finished the dress, I poked around a little.

Down With Love - Full Length

I was much influenced by the highly underrated movie "Down with Love." (Seriously, if you have Netflix, just go ahead and order this movie. You can thank me later.) Jeri Ryan plays a stewardess character and the hair, hat, uniform, and overall manner are just fabulous. I couldn't find any decent places in the movie to do a screencap, though imdb has a better shot here (partly obscured by a suitcase). The late 60s vibe was what I was going for (though my uniform is more like early 70s, I admit), so I had to re-watch the movie of course to get it down.












Irazu Air Uniform PSA Uniform
There is a great series of images on flight attendant uniforms here (the link is to part 1; the post contains links to parts 2-4). The collection here is mostly the same but has a few additional images. The most comprehensive collection is here; the uniforms are on mannequins, which is fabulous for detail but not so great for getting the right "feel" for the time period. The Irazu Air and PSA uniforms were the most like what I was going for.



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After seeing these uniforms I kind of wished I had done a contrast color in the princess panel, but oh well. I think I captured a bit of the spirit in mine. At any rate, I feel very kicky and ready to travel the world.


All the photos are here! Alas, I didn't have my trusty photographer so they're boring indoor shots, but I did have fun doing them.

16 comments:

Karin said...

Well, you look very ready to take off! Cute uniform :)

laura said...

I like it! And it's not something you see all over the place at Halloween which is fun! I love going out at Halloween and always hope to see something a bit different. Good job.

Christina said...

One year I found a 1990's United flight attendant costume at the thrift store and I wore that for Halloween, but your retro is soooo much cuter! Great colors.

NGLaLALa said...

Cute~!!

Dana said...

Looking fabulous! Love the had and the color combo. I totally agree with you about the movie!

Little Hunting Creek said...

Super cute! And oh so retro- I remember those PSA uniforms - I wanted so much to be a flight attendant when I was a girl - so glamorous!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a darling costume!

Uta said...

That looks like a costume you could have a lot of fun in (and I hope you did)! I also loved last post's 2nd birthday dress; all your recent dresses were so elegant!

Katharine in Brussels said...

Chicken or beef? Hot tea or coffee? Excellent! I've been waiting for the culmination of this great project idea! Love 'Down With Love' too. Did Cidell join you to be your Sky Sister? (I picture her in blue nail polish...) Thank goodness you weren't a real air hostess in this uniform, if you dropped anything... well anyway. One would learn very quickly to bend at the knees and not at the waist. Coincidentally I was in Germany this Halloween, but not for work. Hope you enjoyed Halloween!

ClaireOKC said...

Oh dear. When I first went to work in the big city, I had to wear a hat like this with my uniform - every day! How time flies!!!! Thank heavens!

Gail said...

I was a flight attendant for a British tourist operator in the 80s. We had to wear navy blue pumpkin shaped hats, blazers and red blouses with pussy bows. The only good thing about the uniform was the free Bally court shoes.

cidell said...

Darn, darn, darn! I'm sorry I couldn't join this year either. Troy told me that last year I also had food poisoning as I had just returned from the Egypt trip. You look darling! So, what are we going to do for next year? Hey. Where's your captain?

Elizabeth said...

Very cute and creative!

Cennetta said...

Cute custome.

Barbara at Cat Fur Studio said...

Perfect Halloween costume. Lots of appeal and super cute. Love how you styled this.

brocadegoddess said...

So cute! What a great idea for a costume too, so clever!

I totally agree about Down with Love being underrated. I think a lot of people/critics just didn't get it was a parody. I love that movie - I own it! Ohh Zip!