Turkish Airlines unveils its brand new cabin crew uniforms

Turkish Airlines unveils its brand new chic cabin crew uniforms that hark back to the golden age of fashion to mark the opening of Istanbul’s new airport

  • The new uniforms for Turkish flag carrier have been created by Milan-based haute couturier Ettore Billota 
  • The airline says the outfits have been inspired by both the colours and shapes of Istanbul
  • The new garments for cabin crew were rigorously tested on long-haul trial flights in different climates 

Turkish Airlines has unveiled its new cabin crew uniforms to mark the opening of Istanbul’s new airport – and they’ve gone down a treat with one fashion expert, who described them as ‘chic and smart’.

The Turkish flag carrier says the new outfits have been inspired by the colours and shapes of Istanbul, which marks the intersection between east and west, while the photographer who snapped them for the launch said they ‘hark back to a golden age of couture fashion from the 1950’s’.

Milan-based haute couturier Ettore Billotta created the uniforms, which use a deep red and anthracite grey palette, and include hats, gloves, dresses, bags and other accessories.

The red and grey dresses that form part of Turkish Airlines' new cabin crew uniforms that have been unveiled to mark the opening of Istanbul's new airport 

The red and grey dresses that form part of Turkish Airlines’ new cabin crew uniforms that have been unveiled to mark the opening of Istanbul’s new airport 

The garments were also rigorously tested on long-haul trial flights in different climates to make sure they are comfortable and practical for the crew.

As well as cabin crew, the new uniforms will also be distributed to cockpit crews, flying chefs and ground services staff.

Mr Billotta, the fashion designer behind the uniforms, said: ‘When I started to design for Turkish Airlines, the first thing that inspired me was Istanbul. This city has been a melting pot for art and civilisation for centuries and has a rare richness as a common heritage of many cultures.

‘I wanted to bring elements from traditional calligraphy and mosaics together with the new interpretations of Turkish motifs, which emphasize modern lines, into foulards and ties to reflect a contrast and duality.’

Milan-based haute couturier Ettore Billotta created the uniforms, which are said to have been inspired by the shapes and colours of Istanbul 

Milan-based haute couturier Ettore Billotta created the uniforms, which are said to have been inspired by the shapes and colours of Istanbul 

The garments were also rigorously tested on long-haul trial flights in different climates to make sure they are comfortable and practical for the crew

The garments were also rigorously tested on long-haul trial flights in different climates to make sure they are comfortable and practical for the crew

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    To launch the new look, Turkish Airlines teamed up with British photographer and artist Miles Aldridge, who shot the new cabin uniform collection in Istanbul’s unique spots.

    He added: ‘I was really inspired when I saw the uniforms as they hark back to a golden age of couture fashion from the 1950’s, but with a very contemporary twist.

    ‘Again, it’s very much like my own work, which is always referencing the past but very much being in today.’

    And after casting his eye over the new designs, fashion blogger Simon Glazin also said he liked the outfits, on the whole.

    The uniforms use a deep red and anthracite grey palette, and include hats, gloves, dresses, bags and other accessories

    The uniforms use a deep red and anthracite grey palette, and include hats, gloves, dresses, bags and other accessories

    To launch the new look, Turkish Airlines teamed up with British photographer and artist Miles Aldridge, who shot the new cabin uniform collection in Istanbul’s unique spots

    To launch the new look, Turkish Airlines teamed up with British photographer and artist Miles Aldridge, who shot the new cabin uniform collection in Istanbul’s unique spots

    As well as cabin crew, the new uniforms will be distributed to cockpit crews, flying chefs and ground services staff

    As well as cabin crew, the new uniforms will be distributed to cockpit crews, flying chefs and ground services staff

    He told MailOnline Travel: ‘Gone are the days when just a nice crisp white shirt will do for crew. It’s all about making air stewards look as chic and smart as possible.

    ‘The colours compliment each other perfectly, the red and grey look great together, and I love how the waists are cinched in and the suit jackets are sharply tailored.

    ‘The industrial grey looks like it represents the cold metal of a plane, and the matching bags and shoes are a nice touch.

    ‘I don’t particularly love the off-skin tone-coloured tights, and the hats look slightly too military for a commercial flight, but it’s an A for effort!’ 

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