High-Flying Fashion

A look back at the glamorous age of air travel.

Elissa Stein's glossy new book, Stewardess: Come Fly With Me! pays tribute to the glory days of air travel, when jumbo jets came with piano lounges and chinaware, and caviar and lamb rib roast were on the menu.

Stein traces trends in stewardess uniforms and lifestyles through vintage photos, ads, training manuals, and anecdotes.

In the early years of the profession, stewardesses were required to be nurses, and each major airline developed a training program with classes in food service, emergency protocol, airplane construction, the physics of flying, grooming, and deportment. Air travel was chic, and stewardesses were glamorous symbols of the jet-set era.

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