The uniform of a Japan Airlines stewardess was once sold for $16,000, according to Tokyo specialist costumer Yu Teramoto. The reason? "Customers keen on role-playing fantasies," he says. And uniforms that have actually been worn are worth more.
"Rare specimens that have actually been worn are hugely sought after by fetishists and are worth their weight in gold," Teramoto said. JAL might take up the practice of sewing computer chips into the uniforms, as All Nippon Airways has done.
The reason for the chipping? After JAL´s bankruptcy, massive layoffs loom, and the airline fears laid-off workers might attempt to cash in on their uniforms´ potential black market value.