New chic designer uniforms give ANA crews company's distinctive look

April 25, 2014

By RYUICHI YAMASHITA/ Staff Writer

All Nippon Airways Co. unveiled on April 24 its new flight attendant uniforms created by famed New York designer Prabal Gurung that coordinate well with the company's colors and logo.

“The uniforms are impressive because I could tell at a glance they are ANA flight attendants,” said Yuzuru Hanyu, the men’s figure skating gold medalist at the 2014 Winter Olympics, who attended the unveiling ceremony at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

The back of the jacket’s sleeves and the skirt for female crew include the signature blue line found on ANA passenger jets. The basic color scheme of the uniforms has also changed from the current dark blue to a light gray.

The uniforms for both male and female cabin crew members are the 10th change ANA has made and the first since 2005.

ANA said its crew members will start wearing the new uniforms from 2015.

Gurung, who was raised in Nepal and now lives in New York, is the first foreigner to design the company’s uniforms.

Gurung's work has been worn by many public figures. Michelle Obama, the wife of U.S. President Barack Obama, is one of the most notable people to wear his designs.

By RYUICHI YAMASHITA/ Staff Writer
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Gold medal-winning figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, middle, poses between ANA crew members modeling the airline's new uniforms at the unveiling ceremony at Haneda Airport on April 24. (Sayuri Ide)

Gold medal-winning figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, middle, poses between ANA crew members modeling the airline's new uniforms at the unveiling ceremony at Haneda Airport on April 24. (Sayuri Ide)

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  • Gold medal-winning figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, middle, poses between ANA crew members modeling the airline's new uniforms at the unveiling ceremony at Haneda Airport on April 24. (Sayuri Ide)
  • New uniforms for the ANA’s female cabin crew unveiled on April 24 at Haneda Airport (Sayuri Ide)

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