Society: new Turkish Airlines uniforms stir controversy

11 February, 12:18

(ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, FEBRUARY 11 - The new uniforms of Turkish Airlines (THY) hosts and hostesses have raised eyebrows in Turkey after the photos of the new designs have leaked to Twitter, as daily Hurriyet reports. The public has found the new clothing very conservative, stirring controversy on social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. The new outfits, which were created by famous Turkish designer Dilek Hanif, have been first published on Twitter and later on spread by Facebook.

Hanif told Hurriyet that the uniforms have not been fully completed and the design process is still ongoing. Lots of people have shared the photos and criticized the designs, saying that they are far too conservative. The most-criticized parts of the uniforms are the hats. Some have claimed the hats – along with the whole outfit – are reminiscent of costumes in the Ottoman-era TV serial 'The Magnificent Century'. Hanif said the photos are only sample models and not the real designs. THY representatives have responded to the Twitter reactions, saying the uniform designs have not been finalized yet. Designer Vural Gokcayli said the clothes do not reflect Turkey. "The clothes look like they belong to Kuwait or Saudi Arabian Airlines.

However, they should reflect Turkey and Turkey is not this." (ANSAmed).

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