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'Friendly Skies' exhibit recalls a time when flight crews wore psychedelic uniforms and bubble helmets

'Friendly Skies' exhibit recalls a time when flight crews wore psychedelic uniforms and bubble helmets
Flight attendant uniforms on the former Braniff International Airlines got a mod, glamorous makeover in the mid-'60s and '70s. The photo is part of the "Friendly Skies" exhibit coming to Peekaboo Gallery in Pasadena. (Peekaboo Gallery)

Italian designer Emilio Pucci created a series of airline uniforms for now defunct Braniff International Airlines in the mid-’60s and early ’70s. One of his sexy, vibrant-colored outfits became known as the “air strip” because flight attendants could remove a layer to change the uniform as the flight progressed.

Emilio Pucci designed this 1960s-era uniform for Braniff International Airlines.
Emilio Pucci designed this 1960s-era uniform for Braniff International Airlines. (Peekaboo Gallery)

Pucci’s creations and other collectibles from the glamorous days of flying will be on display — and for sale — at the Peekaboo Gallery in Old Town Pasadena for a limited time.

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Braniff International Airways' in-cabin uniforms were meant to be dramatic, such as this one that's part of fashion designer Emilio Pucci’s 1965 collection.
Braniff International Airways' in-cabin uniforms were meant to be dramatic, such as this one that's part of fashion designer Emilio Pucci’s 1965 collection. (Peekaboo Gallery)

“Friendly Skies: The Art of High Altitude Travel” opens Aug. 18 and continues through Sept. 23.

Branded flight bags, luggage tags, aircraft models, uniforms, airline signage and even a 10-foot chunk of a Pan Am fuselage, which will serve as the official photo booth, are part of the exhibit.

Some of the airline collectibles that appear in “Friendly Skies” are from Pan Am, Braniff, TWA, United, Eastern, British Airways and even the Russian carrier Aeroflot.

Fashionistas will appreciate different styles of uniforms designed by Pucci, including the mod orange-and-pink ensemble topped off by a space-age bubble helmet.

TWA flight attendants wore these uniforms in the 1940s.
TWA flight attendants wore these uniforms in the 1940s. (Peekaboo Gallery)

Older outfits include a blue-gray TWA uniform with matching hat that dates to 1944.

This striking uniform was unveiled in 1944 for TWA's flight attendants.
This striking uniform was unveiled in 1944 for TWA's flight attendants. (Peekaboo Gallery)

Vintage travel posters were created by top artists to exude the excitement of travel to exotic destinations.

Artist David Klein's swingin’ rendition of day and night life in Las Vegas, brought to you by TWA, circa 1955.
Artist David Klein's swingin’ rendition of day and night life in Las Vegas, brought to you by TWA, circa 1955. (Peekaboo Gallery)

A 1970 Peter Max silkscreen poster made to showcase PanAm’s 747 jet, original Delta Airlines and TWA travel posters, and a 1950s “sky stairs” sign from Eastern Airlines also are featured.

TWA’s striking design by graphic artist David Klein. It addressed the airline’s newly added, brag-worthy Boeing 707 jet planes in its commercial fleet in 1960.
TWA’s striking design by graphic artist David Klein. It addressed the airline’s newly added, brag-worthy Boeing 707 jet planes in its commercial fleet in 1960. (Peekaboo Gallery)

Info: Peekaboo Gallery, 40 Mills Place, Pasadena; (626) 800-5355‬

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