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Virgin Atlantic unveils Vivienne Westwood uniforms

first_img Images: Virgin Atlantic Image: Virgin Atlantic Virgin Atlantic passengers were given a sneak peek of the airline’s new uniform designs late last week, as trials of the new Vivienne Westwood uniforms commenced at airports, in Clubhouses and onboard aircraft.Over 180 crewmembers were specifically selected to trial out the new gear over the coming months including pilots, ground staff, Clubhouse employees and Virgin-Holidays staff.Each staff member will then be required to give feedback on the movability, breathability and comfort of the uniforms ahead of the full launch in 2014.Virgin Atlantic head of design Luke Miles said the airline’s uniforms and particularly the iconic red are “some of the most envied” uniforms and changes to the product are not “taken lightly”.“These wearer trials are a key part of the feedback process we engage in with our teams around with world,” Mr Miles explained.  “The uniforms have to look sleek, all the while being practical and easy to wear – its a challenging design brief but means so much to our staff and customers so we have to make sure we get it right.”Check out a list of facts about the new uniforms below:–  All ties and scarfs must be quick release for health and safety reasons–  Crew walk an average of seven miles on each flight so it is important that shoes are comfortable–  Many items of the new uniform will be produced using recycled materials – in particular working with recycled polyester yarn made from used plastic bottles.–  Crew must go through a five and a half week training course to earn their Vivienne Westwood designed wings and uniform–  All crew must carry a torch and spare batteries in their handbag–  All shoes must have a non-slip sole and be SATRA (Shoe and Allied Trade Research Association) tested and approved–  Although male shoes have laces, we have designed them so they can be slip on in case of a slide evacuation – it also makes it much easier for the crew to go through security!Source = ETB News: N.J.last_img read more

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