Since Aer Lingus took to the skies, a complete of ten totally different uniform designs have graced their plane aisles, created from a number of main Irish trend names together with Irene Gilbert, Neillí Mulcahy, Digby Morton, Ib Jorgensen, Paul Costello and Louise Kennedy.
The Irish flag carriers first flight from Dublin’s Baldonnel Airfield (now known as Casements Aerodrome) to Bristol’s Whitchurch Airport happened on Could 27, 1936 in a De Havilland 84 Dragon biplane, named Iolar (which implies Eagle in Gaelic) and flown by Captain Eric Armstrong.
However it wasn’t till 1945 that Aer Lingus’ first crews, or air hostesses as they had been then recognized, got an official uniform, created by acclaimed designer Sybil Connolly of Pimms.
The toffee-coloured military-style swimsuit, a calf-length skirt, lengthy blazer and hat debuted on the airways routes to London and Liverpool. The look was very in-keeping with the conservative, post-war period, supposed to undertaking authority, competency and proficiency.