Hosted inside the historic Manchester Town hall, Cathay Pacific celebrated its 4x weekly launch to the UK’s North West with 150 VIPs, dignitaries, and leading business figures from the local area. We were one of the lucky few to be invited to the special event last week, marking this important route between Manchester and Hong Kong. The biggest treat for the lucky attendees was in the shape of a beautiful catwalk show of some of Cathay’s most iconic (and stunning) cabin crew uniforms.
Dubbed ‘Walking on Air’ this unique fashion show featured Cathay Pacific crew members modelling the entire range of uniforms worn since Cathay Pacific’s inception in 1946. Almost 70 years of fashion in one show – all of which have been meticulously looked after.
As most know, the introduction of fashion designers to the world of air transport isn’t anything new and Cathay has had a long standing history working with some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses around the world, which includes iconic creations from Hermès, Nina Ricci and recently, Eddie Lau.
This isn’t the first time the carrier has presented it’s uniforms. Above is a video of a similar presentation in America a few years ago. The current uniform was designed by Eddie Lau, who is best known for his high fashion couture evening wear but also specialises in sophisticated coordinates in silk, wool, linen and viscose.
Having studied fashion and fabrics in London, Eddie returned to his home city and became the first Hong Kong based-designer to show his creations in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo and China. His “East is Red”, “Shanghai Chic” and “Orient Express” collections won international acclaim, while his “Eddie Lau”, “Kai” and “Tailor Lau” labels are sold in the best department stores worldwide. His image work for superstars in Hong Kong helped to reinforce Eddie Lau as a household name throughout Asia.
Eddie designed the current Cathay Pacific uniform back in 1999 with a design refresh in 2004, and now has once again but his stamp on the latest Cathay Pacific uniform, which has been flying for four years now.
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