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Monday, December 21, 2009

Couture for the Working Class: Fashion Designers Lend Style to Workers' Uniform

Posted By on 12.21.09 at 06:46 PM

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Christian Lacroix, whose embattled 22-year-old couture house still does not have a buyer, is nevertheless keeping busy: he's designed uniforms for employees of SNCF, the French railway system. The designer indulged in his love for color with purple bow blouses and blue berets, but toned them down a little with gray jackets. (Men get jackets, trousers, and striped shirts, but as far as I can tell no one has bothered to post a photo of them.)

High-end designers choosing to outfit the working folk is hardly a new idea—back in the 60s Pucci and Halston famously took care of uniforms for Braniff airlines.

More recently, Lacroix himself designed uniforms for Air France and Los Angeles designer Richard Tyler lent his talents to Delta Airlines. (They caused a kerfuffle earlier this year when flight attendants filed a grievance with the airline asking it to offer one uniform option, a red wrap dress, up to size 28.) And in November it was reported that United Airlines has hired SAIC grad Cynthia Rowley to revamp its employees' official garb.

If you're a flight attendant, hang on to those old uniforms—they could become collector's items.

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