Friday, August 21, 2009

Fashion for Airplane Travel - 1964

First, a big thank you to Sal over at Already Pretty. I had asked Sal to show us how to incorporate vintage clothing into a modern wardrobe, and boy, did she deliver! I think you'll enjoy her post.

In Sunday's episode of Mad Men, we got to see a peek at early 60's airplane travel when Don and Sal fly to Baltimore. Did you notice how formal everyone looked? And later, at dinner, did you notice that the flight attendants remained in full uniform with their hats on? Airplane travel isn't what it used to be! Women used to travel in dresses or suits and men always wore a suit. Here, from 1964, are several images from ads for Best & Co. that featured American Airlines.

Martha Clyde pastel wool suits, both featuring toppers over dresses.

These women are wearing tapestry knit suits by Nantucket Knits.

Two dresses by The Villager. At left an A-line shift with removable collar. At right, a wool flannel shirtdress.

Bardley offered this three piece suit consisting of a sleeveless top and skirt with a matching reefer coat. At right is a second top coat.


Deja Pseu said...

I remember having to get dressed in my fancy dress (with the stiff petticoats) and patent leather mary janes to fly back east to visit family. They served meals on real dinnerware and with real silverware. While I wouldn't want to have to be quite so uncomfortable traveling again, I think air travel has become too much like a ride in a cattle car.

Gladys said...

I still get dressed up to fly. Even my flight on the Sardin Can/Mail Plan/Crop dusting flight the other night I wore a nice shift with heels. I should also add here that I don't go to the grocery store unless I put on what my momma used to call "public" clothes.

Berry said...

Oh I wish people still dressed up to fly! My aunt has told me about how when she was little, in the 60s, it was always a big to-do to go to the airport. They would dress to the nines! Now people look like they just rolled out of bed.

Sal said...

Thanks for the shout-out, and so glad you liked the post!

Also glad that I can wear jersey knits and cardis on airplanes ... a suit? No thanks!

catherine_sr. said...

When I watched Mad Men, I was reminded of a photo essay I saw in a magazine about American Airlines stewardesses. It was when I was about 8 or 9, so it must have been back in the late 1980s or so. At that time they still had to take a beauty course as part of their training, where they learned how to style their hair and do their makeup. I thought it was all so glamourous and as glad as I am that things are less misogynistic now, there's something really cool about how pulled together and "official" the vintage air stewardess look is.

Forgetmenot said...

Oh! I want to dress up to fly! Casablanca style (but wrong by two decades)
What else can I say? J´adore 60s!

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