New-look crew uniform for Ireland's national airline Aer Lingus
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New-look crew uniform for Ireland's national airline Aer Lingus

AER LINGUS is changing its iconic teal green uniform for the first time in 20 years.

The new design, which will be worn by all ground staff and cabin crew, will be revealed next year.

Irish designer Louise Kennedy, who designed the current crew uniform in 1998, will spearhead the new project.

"We embarked on a significant journey in the last three years which has seen our iconic brand, steeped in history, move into the modern day, and the introduction of a new modernised uniform brings this journey full circle," Aer Lingus said.

The very first Aer Lingus uniform was designed by Sybil Connolly of Pimms in 1945.

That military-style brown suit was changed to the familiar green of today three years later to include a two-piece green tweed suit, skirt and jacket, with a cream blouse.

There have been 10 uniform designs over the years by leading fashion names including Ib Jorgensen, Paul Costello, Irene Gilbert, Neillí Mulcahy and Digby Morton.

The 1963 uniform by Neillí Mulcahy featured a three-piece navy blue and green check uniform, made from Magee Donegal tweed.

It was also the first time the uniform included a handbag, which was navy to match cabin crew gloves.

"We carried out extensive feedback sessions with staff across many departments within the airline to get views on the current uniform and to discuss what the new uniform should address in terms of ground staff and cabin crew needs in today’s working environment," Aer Lingus said in its blog.

"The key objective of the redesign is to create a contemporary uniform that will retain a modern look over time and will fully meet the needs of today’s airline staff."