Tips
23 Moments That Proved Traveling Was Much More Glamorous in the 1950s
Nobody would dare to wear sweatpants on a plane back then.
IMAGE GETTY
Comments

Between added fees, long TSA lines, and ever-shrinking seats, flying today can be a total drag. But back in the 1950s when commercial flights were a relatively new novelty, people dressed for the occasion. No one was more glamorous than Hollywood's elite when they arrived at the airport in their best dresses, suits, and furs. From Elizabeth Taylor's over-the-top hats to Clark Gable's tweed suit, here are some of the best outfits celebrities wore to the airport in the 1950s.

Marlon Brando


Marlon Brando disembarks from an Air France flight to Orly Airport in 1959 wearing dark sunglasses and an all-black suit.

Judy Garland


Judy Garland poses for a photo wearing a black satin coat and black hat before boarding a flight in 1955.

Audrey Hepburn


Audrey Hepburn arrives at London Airport looking polished in a skirt and jacket combo.

Marilyn Monroe


In 1956, Marilyn Monroe poses for photographers as she boards an American Airlines plane from New York's Idlewild Airport—which later became JFK—to Hollywood.

Elizabeth Taylor


Elizabeth Taylor sips a drink and smokes a cigarette during an interview at Jersey airport on her way to Nice, France in 1957.

Sophia Loren


Sophia Loren stops for a photograph before boarding a flight in 1959 wearing a dark coat and statement hat.

Frank Sinatra


Frank Sinatra climbs down the steps from a plane arriving at London Airport in 1956.

Grace Kelly


Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly Grace Kelly, wears a black dress with a white overcoat and gloves at Copenhagen's airport in 1957 with her husband, Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart


Lauren Bacall and her husband, Humphrey Bogart, stop for a photo on the tarmac at La Guardia airport in 1950.

Jean Seberg


Actress Jean Seberg arrives at London Airport in 1957 to attend the premiere of Saint Joan, in which she has the starring role.

Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher


Debbie Reynolds greets her future husband, Eddie Fisher, at the airport in 1954 with her French poodle Fannie.

Brigitte Bardot


French actress Brigitte Bardot arrives at London Airport in 1959 to make the film Babette Goes to War. She was wearing a matching skirt suit.

Clark Gable


Clark Gable boards a KLM plane at London Airport in 1953 wearing a tweed jacket and tie.

Audrey Hepburn


Accompanied by her husband Mel Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn steps off a plane at the Le Bourget airport in France in 1955 wearing a fur coat and carrying a small wicker basket.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Elizabeth Taylor


Shortly after denying any romance between herself and Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor boards a flight for Hollywood in 1958 wearing an unhappy expression and a satin turban.

Katharine Hepburn


Katharine Hepburn arrives at Ciampino airport in Rome in 1959 wearing a classic trench coat and her purse slung over her back.

Ingrid Bergman


Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman wears a matching tweed coat and hat while traveling in 1959.

Kim Novak


After flying from Paris to New York for the premiere of her movie Middle Of The Night, Kim Novak waves to the photographers from the steps of an Air France plane.

Tennessee Williams and Diana Barrymore


Playwright Tennessee Williams poses with actress Diana Barrymore at New York's Idlewild Airport in 1959 after returning from a vacation in Cuba.

Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra


Frank Sinatra greets his wife, Ava Gardner, with a kiss and flowers on her arrival in New York at Idlewild Airport in 1952.

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier


Sir Laurence Olivier and his wife, Vivien Leigh, arrive in Rome in 1953 wearing a fur coat and suit.

Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher


In 1959, Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, Eddie Fisher, dressed her children Christopher and Michael in matching outfits to fly to London.

Zsa Zsa Gabor


Zsa Zsa Gabor arrives at the Orly airport in Paris wearing a matching polka-dot dress and coat to shoot the movie Moulin Rouge in 1952.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Lyndsey Matthews
View Other Articles From Lyndsey Matthews
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
Chef Chele Gonzalez is a master of culinary invention and reinvention.
 
Share
 
Share
Here's what you might have missed about the gorgeous gown.
 
Share
The thoroughly modern bride gave an “affectionate” tribute to her new groom.
 
Share
The Modern Swan also shares how she wears her pieces and her favorites.
 
Share
With renewed purpose, Monchet Olives, the man known as the maker of whimsical fans for Manila's stylish set, revels in a relaxed lifestyle.
 
Share
From the flavor of the cake to who was in the royal wedding party.
 
Share
Over 3,000,000,000 people all over the world tuned in to watch the royal wedding.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US