The Power of a Good Uniform

14702247_10157551247040237_615372889285967966_n14681676_10157551246095237_2562015744615888363_nI14724481_10157551246970237_1380062700633932690_n In 2018 Delta Airlines will rollout new uniforms designed by Zac Posen – with the striking colors – plum, thistle and cardinal – that will bring back some of the glamour of days gone by. Posen said he wanted to do it for a variety of reasons, and was inspired by his love of travel and his belief in the power of a good uniform. The company and its employees wanted a change and Posen was the one to provide it: “These are people who have multiple tasks to do in their jobs. It takes great mental and physical concentration to do those tasks, and to be poised at the same time.” Says Posen, “How you dress helps heighten your performance.”

Delta Airlines’ very first uniforms were designed by Paramount Picture’s chief designer and Academy Award winner, Edith Head, in 1959. Later, in 2006, Richard Tyler designed the current styles, which Posen will replace. Posen heard feedback from 20,000 employees and designed with durability in mind. Not to mention style. Of their feedback that the old uniforms were too frumpy, Posen worked to make the lines of the new ones elegant and modern: “Making all bodies look beautiful is really key,” he said.

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Zac Posen: “We Live in a Diverse World”

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A look from Zac Posen’s 2016 Fall Collection – Photo: Imaxtree

Two nights ago designer Zac Posen sent 25 black models down the runway for his Fall 2016 show – inspired by Princess Elizabeth of Toro (a Ugandan lawyer who became the first East African woman to be admitted to the English bar). Said Posen: “We live in a diverse world and it is essential it is represented in the fashion industry—it has always been critical to me, as well as a key component of my collections—whether it’s shapes, sizes or skin color—as my customers are global and part of all diverse groups.”

The fight for diversity on the runway has been long and slow-moving. But Posen is making an important statement and it is a welcome and refreshing change in the right direction. Hopefully, it will inspire other designers to do the same. I’m buying it!

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