We have to say, we can’t wait to fly Hainan Airlines just so we get to see these uniforms in person and in action!
Designed by Laurence Xu, the uniforms which debuted at Paris Couture Week Fall/Winter 2017 paired classic Oriental aesthetics with modern suit silhouettes. While that’s not new, we don’t believe we’ve ever seen it done so immaculately well.
They’ve obviously repurposed the cheongsam but there’s a lot more to it. According to them, “The uniforms feature a collar overlaid with a pattern of auspicious clouds and a lower hem with a pattern alternating sea and mountains which contrasts with the collar’s clouds and sky, drawing a comparison between a Hainan aircraft that has just taken off, and the roc, a mythical bird denoting strength, as it lifts into flight.”
“The apron is designed like a tulip-shaped dress to emphasise, in equal measure, elegance, femininity, aesthetics and practicality.” Just look at the draping!
As if all that wasn’t impressive enough, the uniform also pays a tribute (#throwback) to the previous designs which have been used since 2010.
Well done, Hainan Airlines. Boundaries pushed, and won.