Mother of punk and fashion designer extraordinaire Vivienne Westwood has designed the uniforms for Virgin Atlantic airline workers. They are unfortunately not studded, rendered in plaid, or ripped and repaired with safety pins. They are, however, done up in Virgin Atlantic's iconic red and made from eco-friendly fabrics. Can you get more punk than that?
The British designer created a variety of looks inspired by her own designs and, of course, riffing on the classic red uniforms for which the airline is known. According to the Virgin Atlantic blog there are red suits and white jaquard blouses for the female cabin crew and spiffy Savile Row-inspired three piece suits for the male crew. Some of the fabrics were even made from recycled plastic bottles. Hi, where can I sign up?
Luke Miles, Virgin Atlantic's Head of Design, told the blog, "Our staff, and particularly our cabin crew, are some of the most envied in the airline industry when it comes to uniforms," (um, try in every industry) "Our iconic red outfits are globally renowned and when we make changes to the design, it isn't something we take lightly [...] The uniforms have to look sleek, all the while being practical and easy to wear – it's a challenging design brief but means so much to our staff and customers so we have to make sure we get it right. We're confident our Vivienne Westwood designs will continue to turn heads in the airport and in the sky."
TRUE THAT. These uniforms are nice. Why can't I work somewhere that gives me a Vivienne Westwood uniform just for being me? Oh right, because I work from home in my pajamas. Well, anyway, here's a look at these killer uniforms. Better start watch re-runs of Pan Am to prepare for your interview.