The 60-year evolution of Cathay Pacific uniforms: Flights of fancy

Cathay Pacific’s air hostess uniforms recently caused a stir for being “too tight and sexy”. Indeed, the carrier’s costumery has had a long and colourful history, with an emphasis on “standing out”. From its 60s Chinese patterns and 70s-era psychedelic blouses to its eyebrow-raising modern incarnation, we look back on the evolution of stewardess style.


Flight attendants and ground crew of Cathay Pacific Airways present their new uniforms during a news conference at The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong in Kowloon. The new uniform is an evolution of the previous on designed by Eddie Lau in 1999 with new fabric introduced that providing more comfort and ease of movement. Photo: K.Y. Cheng


Cathay staff walk down the catwalk during a fashion show to showcase the company’s new uniform at The Ritz. Photo: K.Y. Cheng



Cathay Pacific’s new cabin crew uniforms should be seen fleetwide by mid-year. Photo: SCMP Pictures


Models show the Cathay Pacific’s historical uniforms during Cathay Pacific 60th Anniversary Skyshow Opening. Photo: David Wong


Cathay Pacific flight attendants show off the airline’s new uniforms. Photo: Oliver Tsang


Models shows the Cathay Pacific’s uniform from 1962 – 1969. In 1960s,the uniforms design had traditional Chinese elements and is the first red uniform in Cathay pacific uniform history. Photo: David Wong


Models shows the Cathay Pacific’s uniform of 1954 – 1962 during Cathay Pacific 60th Anniversary Skyshow Opening. The smart dark-blue suit aimed to reflect the carrier’s growing efficiency and reliability. Photo: David Wong


Models shows the Cathay Pacific’s uniform of 1950 – 1954. Dubbed the Conservation Era, the women had to wear air force grey dress that fell just five inches above the ankle. Photo: David Wong