Take a look back at Air NZ's fashion over the years

Must See 28/09/2018

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Move over Project Runway: Air New Zealand is on the lookout for a fashion designer.

The airline's cabin crew and ground staff of nearly 4500 people are currently dressed by Dame Trelise Cooper - but next month, the airline will begin searching for its new look.

Jodi Williams from Air NZ says the airline's customer-facing uniforms are among the most recognisable in the industry, and they'll be looking for something just as iconic and representative of New Zealand in their new uniform design.

"The successful design will capture the New Zealand spirit and Air New Zealand brand, and be something our people feel proud to wear," she said.

"At the same time, the uniform will need to be practical and meet the needs of thousands of individuals working in diverse roles and environments all over the world," says Ms Williams.

Dame Trelise Cooper will be a hard act to follow, and the airline wants its new uniform to match her high standards.

But the hunt for a new look doesn't necessarily mean a change of designer; Cooper will also be invited to submit a new design.

The new uniform will be worn for the first time in 2021, before for the arrival of the airline's new long-haul aircraft with new interiors in 2024.

Walking down the aisle

Airline uniforms, much like sports uniforms have the ability to become as iconic as the country or company they represent.

From pants with flair to women with big hair, uniforms provide a snapshot of what styles were in fashion in the decades gone by.

Here are some iconic looks from journeys past.

Archives New Zealand.

This very British look is from 1975, the year NAC merged with Air New Zealand.

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The 'lollipop look' was worn by cabin crew in 1970.

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Well, I'm not sure what's happening here.

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The earthy tones of 1965.

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This photo was taken in the summer of '59.

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This NAC uniform looks more nurse than cabin crew, perhaps a throwback to the days when flight attendants had to be trained nurses.

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This promotional image from 1959 looks more like a Shortland Street cast photo than one of an airline's cabin crew.

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Doris Day would be right at home in this image. It appears to be wartime inspired, again with a more British look rather than something reflecting traditional New Zealand.