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Braniff babes coming to Palm Springs Modernism Week

November 30, 2010 | 11:36 am

Plans are shaping up for the once-yearly celebration of martinis and all things midcentury, 2011's Palm Springs Modernism Week, which runs Feb. 17-27. What I'm most excited about (besides the house tours and design lectures) is an exhibition of vintage Braniff airline uniforms that will be on view at the Riviera Hotel Feb. 23-25.

"If You've Got It, Flaunt It: The Braniff Collection" will include more than 80 uniform designs for Braniff Airlines, which brought fashion to the skies like never before (and certainly never since).

Designers such as Halston and Emilio Pucci created hot pants, leggings, go-go boots and bubble hats that made Braniff air hostesses the hottest trolley dollies in the sky. There were even in-flight runway shows, during which the hostesses would walk up and down the aisles modeling different looks.

For more information on the event, see the Modernism Week website

-- Booth Moore