“As we stand at the edge of an unknown universe, we know our greatest challenges lie before us – that our future is not bound by fear, and that our mission is not to conquer, but to discover.”
2255. It’s a year that we’ve only glimpsed before, but it’s an era that’s about to snap into focus with the launch of Star Trek: Discovery. Every iteration of Star Trek has brought with it a host of fascinating new costume designs, and chief among those are, of course, the new Starfleet Duty Uniforms. Translating these new and very complex costumes into everyday wearable uniform pieces fell to ANOVOS’ senior director of soft goods production, Maegen Hensley.
Taking design cues from a number of uniforms up and down the timeline, the Starfleet uniforms worn in DSC are among the most unique and complex ever designed for Star Trek. Before production even began, series co-creator Bryan Fuller had wanted to take his favorite aspects from past Starfleet uniforms and fuse them together into something new. He described the effect of combining all the elements into a single, serviceable uniform as “a happy transporter accident.” Working from original sketches, stills and, finally, the original costumes themselves, Maegen and her team at ANOVOS worked tirelessly to recreate the stage worn uniforms in exacting detail.
Originally designed and assembled under the supervision of costume designer Gersha Phillips, the new uniforms are meant to evoke a number of looks from Star Trek’s past and future. The blue of the primary uniform is a nod to Enterprise, while the department symbols and insignia are similar to those worn in The Original Series. Fulfilling the idea of using elements of uniforms seen throughout Star Trek’s history, the uniforms even employ The Next Generation’s system of pips to signify the wearer’s rank.
Of course, every new uniform has to bring something new to the universe, and with Discovery’s uniforms that’s highlighted by the use of a new, space-age, fabric developed in Switzerland, and distinctive, metallic accents used throughout the uniform. Color coded by department (gold for Command, silver for Sciences and Medical, and copper for Operations), these metallic elements do far more than serve as a visual cue to the wearer's department aboard ship; they help in monitoring the wearer’s life functions. From sourcing identical textiles to crafting the distinctive, micro delta metallic fabrics used in the uniforms, no effort was spared in creating outfits that could stand indistinguishably next to the costumes that inspired them.
That is our destiny: a destiny written in the stars… and so we boldly go where we have never gone before. - Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burnham
The Star Trek: Discovery Starfleet Officer Duty Uniform is available for pre-order online at ANOVOS.com and priced at $500.00 USD. All three divisions (Command Gold, Sciences Silver, and Operations Copper) are available and in both Women’s and Men's sizes from Small through 2XL, and ship complete with the appropriate division Starfleet Insignia badge by QMX. This item is also eligible for our Payment Plan, details regarding that and more are available at ANOVOS.com. Shipments to begin in Summer 2018.