In the early 1970s, New York City artist and designer Mario Armond Zamparelli was contracted by Howard Hughes to create a new corporate image, as well as flight attendant uniforms for Hughes’ recently acquired airline.
The most recognized of Hughes uniforms was the Sundance Yellow princess-line knit dress. A long, narrow sleeved turtleneck jacket with a zipper down the front was worn over the dress. For the outdoors, flight attendants had the choice of wearing a hooded cape or the princess-line coat with a narrow-brimmed hat. The cape and coat were both in Sundance Yellow and banded in Universe Blue. In the cabin, a blue-trimmed orange smock was worn over the dress while attending passengers. Yellow square-heeled shoes or knee-length boots completed the uniform.
Hughes Airwest flight attendants were affectionately referred to as the “Sundance Kids.”
To learn more about flight attendants and their fashions, don’t miss the “Style in the Aisle” exhibit beginning January 29, 2011 at The Museum of Flight, just off I-5 Exit 158.
If you haven’t seen it today, you haven’t seen it at all.