Rejected Costume Designs
“It must be pointed out in any discussion of inexpensive clothes and the conditions of their manufacture that the ability to buy a t-shirt for $9.99 is not a legitimate entitlement. A $9.99 t-shirt is not the natural result of capitalism and the free market: it is the the result of discrete policy decisions undertaken in recent decades by the U.S. government and the W.T.O. not only to permit but to favor outsourcing to countries that lack environmental protections and basic labor protections.”
A reader asks:
Here’s a question regarding 60’s vs 80’s sci-fi costumes.
They redesigned Star Trek uniforms for the movies:
They also redesigned the Green Lantern around the same time:
Both feature a kind of double-breasted-y jackets with ribbed collars. What’s up with that.
Oh, the answer is easy: Fashion!
In the mid-sixties, everyone is wearing slacks. Slacks, slacks, slacks! Mock turtlenecks and slacks, V-neck sweaters and slacks … slacks.
Wearing slacks showed how modern you were. They weren’t your father’s boring old suit, they were slacks. You looked casual, you looked smart. You showed how groovy and neat you were. Doing hobbies, chatting with girls, maybe dancing a watusi or something…
And so the Star Trek uniforms looked like this:
In the future, everyone wears slacks! (Except the ladies. The ladies wear mini-dresses, of course.)
In the mid-eighties, we are suddenly very excited about tailoring again. American Gigolo, Miami Vice … people are excited about suits. Re-constructing, de-constructing, doing an architectural take on how a jacket is built. You’ve heard of the Power Suit? That comes from then. And designers are having an especially great time playing around with military jackets.
Taking things like the US Naval Dress Uniform:
And doing things like…
Smart, conservative Ladies Jackets:
Sophisticated, asymmetrical takes on double breasted:
And this fancy Princess Di situation, which is basically a dressed up admiral uniform:
So, suddenly slacks seem lazy and un-hip. Those guys need to feel like they’ve got some authority. They better all get some jackets!
Kirk’s looks very much like someone’s version of what Armani would do to a Navy uniform in space.
For your reference, here is some more Armani:
Green Lantern seems like his is more of a green, sleeveless motorcycle jacket. (The belt is what is really convincing me of that.)
Date: May 30, 1812 Medium: Hand-colored etching Dimensions: sheet: 13 11/16 x 9 3/4 in. (34.8 x 24.8 cm)
Oh, hello Napoleon. You DO look fancy in your all red suit. Your embroidered, red, velvet suit.
Bonaparte as First Council, Ingres, 1804