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December 3, 2003 8:58 AM   Subscribe

Hobby or Fetish? One man's collection of over 270 stewardess uniforms
posted by anastasiav (26 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Oh I wouldn't consider that collecting. ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 9:01 AM on December 3, 2003


yeah, Migs, how many stewardess uniforms do YOU have?
posted by Vidiot at 9:04 AM on December 3, 2003


This is a fetish with a suprising amount of possible collectibles, when you think about it. I wonder if he's also considered collecting stewardess novels like the Vicki Barr books, a girls' series about a mystery-solving stewardess published in the forties, fifties and sixties. Think "Nancy Drew takes flight". Odd how this job got so romanticized.
posted by orange swan at 9:07 AM on December 3, 2003


I remember back in the late '70s when United Airlines updated their stewardess' uniforms to do away with the minidress outfits the stews wore. Some wag remarked, "No longer will we be able to eye the friendly thighs of United."
posted by alumshubby at 9:09 AM on December 3, 2003


wonder what he did with all the stewardesses?
posted by quonsar at 9:11 AM on December 3, 2003


Fetish or hobby, who cares...

I think [This Is Good]!
posted by tittergrrl at 9:13 AM on December 3, 2003


Dear God My Eyes
posted by tittergrrl at 9:16 AM on December 3, 2003


Odd how this job got so romanticized

Not that odd. Air travel was once very exclusive and somewhat dangerous - that's how everything related got so romanticized. Specially the *brave*grrls* ... in *uniforms* ...
posted by magullo at 9:20 AM on December 3, 2003


not just that, brave girls in uniforms who bring you drinks...mmm...
posted by Vidiot at 9:23 AM on December 3, 2003


I actually kind of LIKE that one, tittergrrl. Rather mod and would have looked good at the time. But then I'm an editor with a font fetish.

There were appearance requirements for stewardesses, which led to them all being young, slim, and pretty, and dressed in short skirts. Didn't hurt the inclination to romanticization of the job any.
posted by orange swan at 9:25 AM on December 3, 2003


orange swan: I dunno, I would think at high altitudes, one's airsickness might be exacerbated by the design. I got dizzy just looking at it.

But yeah, I'll give it cool Mod points.
posted by tittergrrl at 9:35 AM on December 3, 2003


Cool Mod Points?
posted by anastasiav at 9:43 AM on December 3, 2003


How long until they'll have the stewardess uniforms from Hooters Air?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:55 AM on December 3, 2003


Collecting = hobby
Paying Hookers to wear them = fetish
posted by ElvisJesus at 10:14 AM on December 3, 2003


You gotta be kidding me. Why did they get rid of this one? Did they run out of beer?
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 10:19 AM on December 3, 2003


Air travel was once very exclusive and somewhat dangerous - that's how everything related got so romanticized. Specially the *brave*grrls* ... in *uniforms* ...

From a history of stewardess uniforms in a journal called 2wice:
“The first uniforms date back to the early 1930s, when aviation was growing into an industry. In those days stewardesses were called ‘airline hostesses,’ an oddly dainty label for a woman who was dressed like an enlisted man. Indeed, the link between aviation and the Air Force was neatly expressed in that hostess uniform -- she wore a military-style suit that, except for shallow darts in the jacket and a skirt instead of pants, made little concession to la femme.”
posted by LeLiLo at 11:00 AM on December 3, 2003


I love love love this.
posted by armacy at 11:02 AM on December 3, 2003


I'm hot for the mannequin.
posted by victors at 11:32 AM on December 3, 2003


Cool Mod Points?

My stars, that's gorgeous!! I like this one, too. Ooooo and this one. This one, not so much.

This one, however, feels too casual to inspire the confidence I require in an airline to put my measly life in its hands.

Fetish or collection... either way it's wicked cool.
posted by jennyb at 1:10 PM on December 3, 2003


The guy's a fetishist, no question. Has he shown you his collection of cheerleader outfits yet?
posted by fenriq at 2:38 PM on December 3, 2003


By the way, JennyB, all those links are to the same index page.
posted by fenriq at 2:38 PM on December 3, 2003


Cool Mod Points?

Heck yeah! :)
posted by tittergrrl at 2:42 PM on December 3, 2003


Egads! Damned frames.

This is the uber-uniform. Now, you will consume your beer and remain in your seats and be a good boy or you will be punished!
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 3:58 PM on December 3, 2003


Oh hell's bells.
posted by jennyb at 6:59 PM on December 3, 2003


2wice has a good article on them too (Halston! ultrasuede!)
posted by amberglow at 7:18 PM on December 3, 2003


There's a relatively new coffee table book on this subject.
posted by golo at 11:31 PM on December 3, 2003


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