Paper Dresses and psychedelic catsuits: when airline fashion was flying high

bubbleBen Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "It used to be that air travel was like a ride in a flying limo, but today the ambiance is not much better than going Greyhound. Part of what made the experience so special was the stylish attire worn by flight attendants, as Lisa Hix learned when she spoke with airline uniforms collector Cliff Muskiet and airline jackets collector (and former Wired editor) Todd Lappin. In particular, the 1960s and 1970s were an amazing time for airline fashions, with designers from Jean Louis to Emilio Pucci creating styles for the friendly skies."

Because no one tried to hide the fact that flight attendants were there to be eye candy, big-named designers had a fun time dressing them up and coming up with sexy new gimmicks to promote air travel. In 1968, Jean Louis gave United Airlines stewardesses a simple, mod A-line dress with a wide stripe down the front and around the collar, and paired it with a big, blocky kefi-type cap. During the ’60s and ’70s, Pucci designed five different uniforms for Braniff International Airways.

“If you look at the Pucci uniforms, you can’t imagine that women wore these items,” Muskiet says. “There was even a space helmet, like a plastic bubble. It was used when it was raining outside, so the hat and hair wouldn’t get wet. Braniff also had something called the ‘Air Strip’ in 1965. During service, the stewardesses would take something off to reveal a different layer and a different look underneath. They might be wearing a skirt and remove it to show off their hot pants beneath.”

Paper Dresses and psychedelic catsuits: when airline fashion was flying high

Asteroid belt (buckle)


Jason Ruane bought a chunk of meteoric ore from the 1947 Sikhote-Alin impact (which originated in the asteroid belt) and welded it to a belt buckle, creating a genuine "asteroid belt."

Man-made Asteroid Belt

(via Evil Mad Scientist Labs)

K-9 slippers


Just in time for the new Doctor, Thinkgeek's K9 slippers, $30. (via Cnet)

Marvel Comics skirt


The knee-length Marvel Comics skirt is $34.11 from Interrobangirl, who also takes custom orders.

Aloha shirt featuring critters from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur


The 19th century German biologist's seminal illustrations of weird sea-life have been adapted for a gorgeous Betabrand cabana shirt.

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Cel-shaded jeans


These "cel-shaded" jeans were created by decorating a pair of plain blue-jeans with markers and paint. It's a weird inversion of denim wear-fetish by way of games culture, and I could easily see it becoming the acid-wash of the mid-2010s.

Cel-Shaded Jeans Make You Look Like A Cartoon Come To Life

Steampunk wings for a guinea pig


Skypirate Creations (Etsy) made these steampunk leather guinea pig wings as a showpiece; it's not for sale, which will disappoint your steampunk guinea pig. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Custom appliqued nerd-shoes


Customshoegeekness makes custom, appliqued shoes (wedges, flats and platforms) with nerdy themes, like these handmade Marvel poster heels and these Catwoman wedges. (via Geekymerch)

DEA's D&D-themed patches


They may be corrupt, authoritarian, racist and sleazy, but their FPRG-inspired mission patches are cool -- but of course, square-ass pinks who take jobs as DEA spooks are so lame that they flog them on Ebay, for your ironic fashion pleasure.

Dungeons and Dragons-themed DEA Patches

Nerd-cushions from vintage kids' sheets

Etsy seller AlienCoutureUK creates wonderful, nostalgic nerd-cushions out of recycled vintage children's sheets: Marvel superheroes, Pacman, Fett/Vader, R2-D2 and ET.

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R2-D2 yoga pants


They're $40 from Thinkgeek, perfect for doing Downward Facing Droid and Bot's Pose. Also Happy Android. 95% cotton/5% spandex, machine washable, sizes S-3XL.

Sushi socks!


They're $5.39/pair from Otaku Mode.

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Cicada hairstyle

untitledJapanese geek media celeb Shoko Nakagawa enhances her hairdo with cicada shells. (via Dangerous Minds)

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Michigan sheriff issues inmates black-and-white striped uniforms


He's worried that "Orange is the New Black" has made orange prisoner uniforms too cool.

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Upcycled t-shirts with patched-over logos


Logo Removal Service takes discarded gimme shirts bedecked with sponsor logos, and carefully patches over them with new fabric, transforming them into amazing and abstract new one-of-a-kind garments.

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