He designs luxury ballgowns and has dressed a string of Hollywood stars, as well as former first lady Michelle Obama.
But Zac Posen’s latest project has seen him swap dressing celebrities for the red carpet for kitting out over 60,000 Delta Air Lines employees across the world with new uniforms – and one fashion designer said that they are ‘a testament to his incredible design artistry’.
The US-based carrier is changing its employee workwear for the first time in 10 years, and after three years in the making, fittings are taking place before the uniforms are used for the first time in May.
Some of the new Delta uniforms designed for female cabin crew and customer service agents by Zac Posen
Male cabin crew and customer service agents will be given three-piece suits in new ‘graphite grey’ with jumpers in ‘passport plum’
To design the new uniforms, Posen, who has dressed Naomi Campbell, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez among others, spent time working with the airline – as a flight attendant, gate agent and in the Sky Club concierge – to guage how practical the outfits should be.
He then worked with over 1,000 Delta staff, who tested the items to identify any issues. More than 165 changes were made before the designs were finalised.
The new uniforms have seen Delta’s traditional red, white and blue infused with new hues, which have been dubbed ‘passport plum’ (purple), ‘cruising cardinal’ (red) and ‘ground speed graphite’ (grey).
The outfits for female flight attendants and customer service agents include a V-neck dress, peplum sweater, ottoman skirt suit and a swing jacket.
As well as the two new colours, Delta will be retaining its traditional red in its new uniform palette. The uniforms will be worn from May 29
For men, the pieces include a grey three-piece suit, a crew neck sweater and a widget printed tie.
Meanwhile staff working on the airport ramp or in the tech ops division will be given a mid-layer sweater, a jacket and rapid dry polo shirts.
Fittings for the new uniforms have started in 14 cities across the US as well as at Delta’s European hubs in London, Paris and Amsterdam.
Staff will begin to wear the new uniforms on May 29 at all of Delta’s locations.
Posen said: ‘We wanted Delta employees to look glamorous on the job without sacrificing functionality and style.
Staff working on the airport ramp or in the tech ops division will be given mid-layer sweaters, jackets and rapid dry polo shirts
Fittings for the new uniforms have started in 14 cities across the US as well as at Delta’s European hubs in London, Paris and Amsterdam
‘I worked alongside employees to understand how they interact with the clothes they wear and developed a look that empowers and excites, because we want Delta’s global workforce to exude the confidence and thoughtfulness that reflects the airline’s brand.’
Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian added: ‘The world’s best employees deserve the best uniforms and this new collection is classically influenced, yet modern.
‘Zac and the Delta team worked closely with our people to create timeless and fashionable pieces that reflect the thoughtful and innovative spirit of Delta.’
Zac Posen at the Vanity Fair Oscar party earlier this week. He has designed dresses for a host of Hollywood stars as well as former first lady Michelle Obama
Fashion expert and blogger Simon Glazin told MailOnline Travel that he is impressed with the new uniforms, especially the colours.
He explained: ‘He just dressed a whole host of stars for the Oscars red carpet, but it’s clear that Zac Posen’s talents aren’t confined to just big stunning gowns.
‘It’s reported that Zac actually spent time on lots of Delta flights, even serving people food and drinks, to really research what would make the perfect uniform.
‘It turns out super structured dresses – a signature of his – and smart tailoring, something the designer has turned to of late, is the way to go.
‘And that Passport Plum Pantone colour (not official!) is a nice departure (mind the pun) from the Delta red, although the two colours compliment each other amazingly.
‘More than anything though, I imagine the people wearing the uniforms feel fabulous in them, testament to Posen’s incredible design artistry.’
While Hannah Eichler, a senior stylist with UK high street brand Oasis, told MailOnline Travel: ‘Following in the footsteps of Christian Lacroix and Vivienne Westwood, designer and Project Runway judge Zac Posen is the latest to join the mile high club – sartorially speaking of course!
‘Off-set in this season’s hottest hue, purple, as predicted by Pantone Color Institute and having been seen all over the spring/summer runways, the uniforms feature sleek gold buttons and punchy red trims. Not forgetting that obligatory neck tie.
‘Waistcoats and asymmetric details are a departure from the frumpy skirt suits usually provided for female attendants, whilst the Passport Plum theme ties in with the men’s sleek suits with modern shirting, ties and pocket squares that wouldn’t look out of place at a wedding!’