Yves Saint Laurent

Qantas Airways female flight attendant uniform by Yves Saint Laurent 1986 Collection of SFO Museum Gift of Suzanne de Monchaux Photo credit: SFO Museum

In 1986, renowned French couturier Yves Saint Laurent (1936–2008) introduced this Qantas
uniform, which was worn until 1991. The cropped, tuxedo-style jacket has the wide lapels,
padded shoulders, and narrow waist of Saint Laurent’s 1980s power-suit designs for his Rive
Gauche label. Terracotta collar and cuff trim project a regimental formality, while the colorful
Qantas flying kangaroo pattern of the cotton-poly skirt and blouse add a festive air.

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