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Delta's trying to inject some glamour into modern air travel, because maybe new crew uniforms will distract travelers from bag fees, nonexistent leg room, missed connections, and other travails. To that end, the airline tapped Zac Posen, who knows his way around a red carpet gown, to design new uniforms for Delta’s flight attendants and airport customer service agents. Posen will also advise on uniforms for Delta’s ramp and ground support agents, Delta Cargo agents, and Delta TechOps employees.
It's going to be awhile before Delta unveils the new uniforms, however. The targeted release date is in early 2018. Posen is taking the next few months to consult with Delta employees about what they want from their uniforms, and then the prototypes will be tested for functionality and fit before the final collection is produced. Delta probably wants to avoid what happened with Virgin Atlantic's Vivienne Westwood-designed uniforms, which drew complaints from flight crews for ill-fitting pencil skirts and blister-causing heels.