Fashion legend Vivienne Westwood, known for her punk couture designs, is giving Virgin Atlantic crew members something to feel good about: new uniforms.
Pilots, flight crew and clubhouse workers started sporting the new fashion ensembles last week, sashaying their new threads down airplane aisles and through airlines around the world. The new fashion line for the friendly skies puts an emphasis on durability, functionality and environmental accountability, says a press release from the airline.
The test uniforms are being worn now and will be assessed on fit, comfort, breathability, ease of movement, creasing before and after shifts, look and feel after laundering and how the uniform handles marks and stains.
Each item of clothing will be made with sustainable methods, and cutting-edge fabric that repels stains and enables clothing to retain color and finish for longer periods of time. After a few months in the new uniforms, Virgin Atlantic staff will provide feedback and a company-wide launch of the new uniforms will debut in 2014.
The design team had to take the following into account:
- Crew walk an average of seven miles on each flight, so it’s important shoes are comfortable
- Crew must go through a 5.5 week training course to earn their Vivienne Westwood designed wings and uniform
- All crew must carry a torch and spare batteries
- All shoes must have a non-slip sole and be SATRA (Shoe and Allied Trade Research Association) tested and approved
- Although male shoes have laces, they are designed to easily slip off in case of a slide evacuation (and makes for a quicker trip through TSA checkpoints)
- All ties and scarfs must be quick-release for health and safety reasons
Here's a look at the new designs:
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