Fashion Win For Qantas! Martin Grant Named As Uniform Designer

No matter how far I travel, or how immersed I become in a culture or country, there is truly no greater feeling than flying into Sydney to see the sun glistening off the most beautiful harbour in the world. It’s simply magical.

But I digress. For me, the brand  that is synonymous with the Australia that I love and the glamour that surrounded air travel in its early years is Qantas, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with their announcement that Melbourne born, Paris based designer Martin Grant will take over the reigns designing the new uniform!

My gran still to this day dresses in her Sunday best for her flights and is always sure to burst into a round of applause for the the “clever and amazing” pilots that fly her safely from A to B. It is this sepia coloured memory of the glamour and wonder of travelling which Qantas is keen to reawaken along with the redesign of their uniform.

Says Qantas CEO Alan Joyce:

“Martin’s work reflects modern and contemporary designs and we were extremely impressed with his appreciation for the Qantas brand and his enthusiasm to design the next instalment of the Qantas uniform.”

What epitomises the perfect symbiosis of fashion and travel more than the uniform of the flight attendant? The woman all girls want to be and all men want to be with. A woman who is carefree, spirited and unafraid of new challenges and experiences. In early days, female flight attendants were seen as something of an anomaly- women who chose to break the mould and buck societal expectations. Now we can see them as pioneers, and strong female role models.

With some 30 years of experience behind him, Martin Grant is the perfect candidate to lead the way forward designing the new Qantas uniform. His classic, well tailored designs transcend age or style preference- they are rather investment pieces to cherish in your closet forever. It’s a sad fact that Grant is relatively unknown for the incredible atelier that he is in his home country, for he has cultivated a large and highly respected empire over 30 years that spans across Europe and Asia. It is exciting to entertain the concept that Grant will finally find wide-reaching appreciation in his homeland with his latest appointment.

Grant is yet another feather in the Qantas design cap, which includes Yves Saint Laurent, Emilio Pucci, George Gross and Harry Who, and most recently Peter Morrisey. You wont be able to spot the Qantas team sporting the new designs until they are rolled out in 2014 but we will be sure to keep you updated on the design journey throughout the year! The staff can count themselves amongst an exclusive crowd that includes Tilda Swinton, Blake Lively, Emma Stone and Kate Hudson. It is not everyone that can say their outfit was custom made by Martin Grant…perhaps its time to put in a sneaky application!

As much as I love our sunny shores, it is true there is nothing quite like Paris for style. I can’t wait to see a little of L’Avenue des Champs Elysées injected onto our streets and airways. After all, what is more Audrey than that!

Check out Martin Grant in Sydney last week with the past Qantas Uniforms dating from 1948 below.





  • Reply BellaB Saturday 19th January, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Interesting range of uniforms.

  • Reply bardie Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 9:42 am


  • Reply sappheire Wednesday 13th June, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    the best dressed airline ever

  • Reply KNY Tuesday 12th June, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Looks great.

  • Reply MsKimo Monday 11th June, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Nice pics, love the style evolution.

  • Reply jessicawheelock Monday 11th June, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Love the green floral!

  • Reply daysofourlives123 Monday 11th June, 2012 at 3:28 pm


  • Reply adnrew Monday 11th June, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    nice one

  • Reply tessarella Monday 11th June, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Can’t wait to see the new designs

  • Reply Raquel24 Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    haha that grandmother sounded so cute bursting into applause for the clever and talented pilots and wearing her sunday best haha so cute

  • Reply Ange Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 12:03 am

    i think some our uniform needs to be upgraded to compete with some of the outfits of the world – i.e. singapore and emirates!

  • Reply fifi73 Saturday 9th June, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Great photos, it’s interesting to see how much the uniforms have changed over the years….

  • Reply EliseA Saturday 9th June, 2012 at 12:10 am

    This is amazing! Can’t wait to see them!

  • Reply punkemohardcore Friday 8th June, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    The uniforms have changed an awful lot over the years.

  • Reply Jenny Friday 8th June, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    beautiful, especially the navy blue!

  • Reply paperplane__x Friday 8th June, 2012 at 9:14 pm


  • Reply maggielyly Friday 8th June, 2012 at 8:48 pm


  • Reply adnrew Friday 8th June, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    cool photos

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    Reply sommy7 Friday 8th June, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    looking forward e designs

  • Reply Crystal Friday 8th June, 2012 at 2:04 pm


  • Reply Ian Friday 8th June, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    They are bound to be an improvement, Martin is a fabulous designer

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