Lonely Planet Writer

This airline uniform is so high fashion it was on the catwalk during Paris Couture Week

If you’re the type of traveller who loves to catch a flight in their comfiest sweatpants, consider upgrading your look if you want to match this airline’s amazing new uniforms.

A woman poses in the new Hainan Airlines uniform.
Hainan Airlines’ new uniforms are so gorgeous they debuted at Paris Couture Week. Image by Hainan Airlines

China’s Hainan Airlines has debuted its new look for flight crew – and it’s so high-fashion it was unveiled during Paris Couture Week on 4 July. The new uniforms were part of the 2017 Laurence Xu Haute Couture Show, an event highlighting the work of the world-renowned fashion designer.

People post in Hainan Airlines uniforms.
Hainan Airlines’ new uniforms are so gorgeous they debuted at Paris Couture Week. Image by Hainan Airlines

According to the airline, the uniforms “combine elements of classical, time-honored Oriental aesthetics and the silhouette of a modern Western suit, infusing new vigor and fashion into the attire”.

A woman walks the runway in a Hainan Airlines uniform.
Runway models show off the new outfits. Image by Hainan Airlines

The outfits repurpose the Cheongsam, a traditional Chinese dress for women usually worn on more formal occasions. In keeping with the aircraft theme, they incorporate a pattern of clouds over sea and mountains. The outfits also include “Western-style draping” to bring in elements of international fashion.

A woman walks the runway in a Hainan Airlines uniform.
Runway models show off the new outfits. Image by Hainan Airlines

While the new attire may scream couture, it does continue with the airlines’ previous designed with Chinese art-inspired patterns and a grey colour theme.

If you’d like to see the outfits off the runway and in the aisle, check out the airlines route map here.