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San Francisco Airport Exhibit Highlights Airline Fashions

If you find yourself with some time to spare at San Francisco International Airport, you can inject a little glamour into your layover by checking out a new exhibit on old-school airline uniforms. 

The SFO Museum's "Fashion in Flight: A History of Airline Uniform Design" shows off nine decades' worth of garments worn by flight attendants, starting from the nurse-like look of the 1930s (complete with cape and hat), carrying into the classic Hollywood wasp-waisted silhouette of the '40s and '50s, and on into the present.

But if you have limited time, you'll want to head directly to the section celebrating the 1960s, when famous designers including Oleg Cassini and Cristóbal Balenciaga were hired by airlines to distinguish their "air hostesses" with bold hues, gogo boots, kicky hats, and other looks worthy of Mad Men

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The exhibit runs through January 8; admission is free.

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