Aer Lingus today presented its new cabin and ground crew uniforms with an option for female staff to wear pants for the first time.
The airline has also abandoned its mandatory makeup rule as part of a “brand upgrade.”
This is the eleventh uniform of Aer Lingus, which has undergone several major transformations since the first uniform designed in 1945.
Aer Lingus uniforms were last updated 22 years ago in 1998 by Irish designer Louise Kennedy.
She is also behind the new collection consisting of 25 redesigned garments.
The new uniform will retain its characteristic green color, now a new “Kenmare Green”, as well as navy blue elements in a tone titled “Midnight.”
Notable changes in the uniform include the addition of pants and clothing options, new jacket and coat designs for the male crew and easy-care shirts and blouses for the convenience of the entire crew.
The new design will be used by more than 4,000 cabin and ground crews worldwide as of February 10.
Aer Lingus says that the garments have a level of elasticity for “greater comfort” and “are designed to adapt and favor all body shapes and sizes.”
And all the materials used have been “obtained and manufactured in an ethically responsible manner to minimize environmental impact.”
The new uniform is the culmination of a two-year project between Aer Lingus and Louise Kennedy that involves extensive staff participation, as well as an external investigation in Dublin, London, New York and Paris.
Mrs. Kennedy said: “We were honored to be chosen to design the new Aer Lingus uniform.
“The airline’s report was very clear and we are confident that we can offer a modern and elegant capsule collection that would last for several years.”
“The results reflect a broad commitment and contributions from the members of the ground and cabin crew.
“It is important to note that, in the last two years, we had the constant support of Aer Lingus to remain faithful to our designs that allowed for more uniform options and the use of innovative fabrics.”
While the color green is synonymous with Aer Lingus, the first uniform was actually brown.
This uniform can be seen below on the right and second end from the left.
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In 1945, Sybil Connolly designed a rich brown military-style suit for the airline that later turned green a few years later in 1948.
Other prominent Irish designers of the uniform included Irene Gilbert, Neillí Mulcahy, Digby Morton, Ib Jorgensen and Paul Costello.
Earlier versions of the cabin crew uniform included a hat, while the most recent version included a long green coat.
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