Ozwald Boateng OBE to Design British Airways New Uniforms
Savile Row tailoring expert, Ozwald Boateng OBE, is to be the next in an auspicious line-up of British designers to develop uniforms for British Airways. Boateng, who is known for bringing a modern contemporary twist to the classic British institution of tailoring, will be designing a collection for the airline’s 32,000 employees. The new uniform will form an important part of the airline’s celebrations for its Centenary next year. British Airways’ uniforms have been an iconic symbol of its brand throughout its 100-year history and the partnership with Ozwald will take the airline forward to the next chapter in its journey. British Airways is investing £4.5 billion over the next five years and the uniform I design will form part of that, so I’m looking forward to taking a uniform and refining it into a collection. Ozwald started his career in fashion in 1986 and became the first tailor to host a catwalk show at Paris Fashion Week. As well as being the youngest tailor to open a store in Savile Row, Ozwald was the Creative Director at Givenchy Homme from 2002 to 2006. Boateng, who launched his first womens wear collection this year, will be working closely with the airline’s employees throughout the development process. British Airways has worked with a number of famous names throughout its history to design its uniforms including Paul Costelloe, Roland Klein, Baccart Weatherall, Hardy Amies and Julien MacDonald, who designed the airline’s current uniform.