star trek costume design


It’s AMAZING. An incredible resource. Hell, it even tells me what fabric they used in most of the captions, which makes me GIDDY WITH GLEE.

I’ll make a post later about the really really cool things in here, but something happened when I first opened the book. This was the first thing I saw:



Nemesis Romulans had stirrup pants…? (top right)

Hold the phone

Even the Klingon ambassador’s dignity isn’t spared?!

and apparently you put them in pants that will never ride up.

Do you know what this means?



So I’ve been marathoning Voyager lately, and the in-universe reasoning we’re given for Seven’s outfit is that the Doctor designed it keeping in mind she was used to being covered in Borg armor plating. But… it’s pretty damn flimsy compared to literal armor. I thought I’d try to design her something a little more durable while still maintaining the Star Trek Onesie aesthetic.

Also, flat heels, because if she starts off not knowing basics like how to eat food, why would she know how to walk in high heels???


Ok, so I was thinking about what an abrupt change in uniform style there is between the original series movies and Next Generation, and basically a day later I had these drawings of transitional uniform designs (plus the canon ones seen on screen for a sense of continuity). There’s a lot more that could be done, and I didn’t research this much, so details are hazy, but you get the idea. I used drawings I found at as a guide.

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hey plaidshirtjimkirk - did you know plaid was totally in for stylin’ 30′s ladies?

knowing that…i’ve been wanting to play with period ‘city on the edge of forever’ lady trek designs for a while (uh, star trek and period costume? = POWER COMBO) your reblog of one of my earlier lady treks yesterday provided a little flurry of sorely needed external validation, so this one’s for you ♥

anonymous asked:

Do u think there is ever truly a good way to create a decent medium on not making clothes in scifi films or tv shows aesthetically pleasing w/o becoming dated? Also, which type of technology do u prefer seeing in scifi, tech's that big and clunky or smooth and slim?

[N.B. I believe this ask is related to this question I answered a while ago.]

The short answer is no. All fashions look “dated” within 20 years or so unless they’re unfeasibly bland and generic. And since our idea of what “futuristic” looks like is informed by present-day tastes, futuristic/alien sci-fi costumes wind up looking dated after a few decades as well. That’s how we wound up with the term “retrofuturism” to describe the aesthetic of mid-20th century science fiction. It’s what the future used to look like.

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When you look at something like the Battlestar Galactica reboot, you can tell they tried to make its costumes look modern and realistic rather than “futuristic” or alien, but ten years later it’s already starting to look a little dated.

I don’t see this as a problem, though. You can’t predict what future audiences will find aesthetically pleasing, and the important thing is that the costume design fits coherently with the rest of the worldbuilding. Plus, there are other constraints like budget, and what the director/showrunners think is an acceptable aesthetic for the work as a whole. BSG’s costumes are still excellent in context, and the gradual change of real-world fashion tastes won’t change that.

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That being said, Star Wars and Alien were both pretty good at creating costumes that don’t date over time — but that’s because they don’t make an effort to look futuristic. Most of the memorable human outfits in the original Star Wars trilogy are either unattached to specific IRL fashion trends (Han Solo; Darth Vader) or are stolen from historical costumes/clothes from non-Western cultures that wouldn’t have any immediate associations for the film’s primary audience. For example, Jedi robes… and Queen Amidala’s opulent gowns, which are directly plagiarized from traditional Mongolian clothing. However, there are still plenty of fashion details that date each Star Wars movie to whenever it came out. Lando Calrissian’s look is obviously a product of the late 1970s, while some of Amidala’s more casual outfits are painfully early-2000s.

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In the case of Alien, things like Ripley’s sneakers and hair make it reasonably obvious that the film takes place in a “future” that was designed in the late 70s/early 80s, even though in general it doesn’t look particularly ~dated. (For Aliens, Reebok designed a specific pair of sneakers for Ripley, which were ostensibly meant to fit with the overall setting but nowadays look like they belong precisely when they were designed: 1986. Cool sneakers, though!)

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Anyhow: TL;DR version: The harder you try to look “futuristic” or modern, the likelier it is that your film will wind up looking dated in 20 years. But that doesn’t really matter. Timelessness is a near-unattainable goal, and looking “dated” hasn’t hurt Star Trek or 2001: A Space Odyssey, has it? 

(Oh, and as for the smooth vs. clunky question, I often prefer clunky because it feels more realistic to me than a world where everything looks super sterile and homogeneous, but different aesthetics work for different movies!)


Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Directed by J.J. Abrams

Michael Kaplan, who previously designed costumes for Abrams’ Star Trek films and first got his big break doing costume design for Ridley Scott’s 1982 Science Fiction classic Blade Runner did the costume design for this film.

The look of the storm troopers differs from the design of the original saga for 2 main reasons. 

- The old uniforms were brittle and fell apart and using the old vacuformed designs would lead to much of the same problems including breaking and cracking during action heavy scenes.

-The film takes place 30 years since the end of Return of the Jedi. The idea is that even in a war torn galaxy, various improvements and design changes would have been made to the basic uniform of the storm troopers. 

In contrast to the Empire’s black, blue, and metallic color schemes the Rebels in The Force Awakens use a lot of Khaki, Olive Drab, and Orange.

Many of the uniforms are built from surplus military equipment such as gas masks and flight suits.