Air New Zealand turquoise Dior uniform

In April 1965 TEAL was renamed Air New Zealand. 1965 also heralded the beginning of the jet era with the arrival of the first DC8 aircraft and a big move from Whenuapai to Mangere and the brand new international airport. The only change to the original Christian Dior designed uniform was the hostesses' hat, which switched to a classic beret style with an embroidered hat badge from Southern Cross stars. Flight stewards uniforms were changed to black trousers and dark navy jackets for inflight with no insignia. Men wore a black bow tie to replicate a tuxedo look which had an elegant effect. Registered nurses wore a badge on the centre of the cravat. A small kiwi brooch made of gold and paua shell was an optional extra for staff who weren't registered nurses, worn in the same place as the nurses badges.


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Designer: El Jay for Christian Dior
Maker: El Jay
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Jacket, blouse and skirt with matching accessories
Material: Pure worsted trincotine (wool) and silk
Colour: Turquoise
Label: Christian Dior
Date: 1965 - 1973