Aer Lingus uniforms: the ever-changing face of airline fashion
Aer Lingus has a long history of using Irish designers to create clothes for cabin and ground crews
Aer Lingus uniforms, from the the first military-style attire in 1945 designed by Sybil Connolly to 1998’s look by Louise Kennedy. Photographs: Aer Lingus
Airline uniforms occupy a special place in Irish fashion history. What cabin and ground crew have reflected over the decades is not only a professional image of Ireland and its national airline, but also the prevailing fashions of the times, grooming diktats and the particular changing demands of the work.
The first green uniforms were introduced in 1947 and green in its various shades has remained the most recognisable colour of the Aer Lingus uniforms ever since.
The following is a selection of the uniforms designed over the decades by a roll call of Irish designers, charged with the challenge each decade of refreshing the professional attire of the airline staff – Connolly, Neilí Mulcahy, Irene Gilbert, Digby Morton, Ib Jorgensen, Paul Costelloe and Louise Kennedy, who has created the the new look.