The Flight Attendant's Shoe

The Flight Attendant's Shoe


By (author) Prudence Black

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  • Publisher: UNSW Press
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 250mm x 34mm | 898g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 1742232566
  • ISBN 13: 9781742232560
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Sales rank: 213,318

Product description

Stiletto heels, miniskirts, bobbed wigs, shiny new technology and exotic locations were all part of the cosmopolitan life style of the Qantas flight hostesses. The Flight Attendant's Shoe is the story of the Qantas uniforms and the uniforms of other airlines. It is a story about etiquette and protocol, about nationalism and internationalism, and the way the Australian fashion industry and international designers such as Emilio Pucci and Yves Saint Laurent created a range of designs for flight crew, from khaki military style, to burnt-orange miniskirts and on to the Morrissey-designed Indigenous boomerang print. Stitching together fashion history, social history and industrial history, this book celebrates an era when flying was truly glamorous.

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Author information

Prudence Black is an honorary associate professor in gender and cultural studies at the University of Sydney. She is a former curator and researcher for exhibitions about fashion, design, and Indigenous culture at the Powerhouse Museum and the Australian Museum. She has also broadcast on local ABC and national radio about fashion and contemporary design.

Review quote

"Fashion takes flight . . . finally a book dedicated to the wonderful world of airline fashion and how important a uniform is in fashioning a brand." --Peter Morrissey, fashion designer