Welcome! As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek, this site will present technical articles on Star Trek prop and costume authentication - focusing on The Original Series - with detailed photos and episode screenshots to complement the information presented; as well as feature pictorials to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery & discuss other topics.
Gerald Gurian is a 35+ year collector of screen used Star Trek memorabilia and a passionate fan of TOS
     
- Star Trek TOS At Auction Part I - Gurian Collection Highlights - Greg Jein TOS Hero Type II Phaser
-Authenticating a TOS Communicator -6 Myths About Star Trek Prop Design -Star Trek 3rd Season Command Tunic
- Design Features of TOS Tricorders -Star Trek Props At National Air & Space - TOS Leatherette Tricorder
- TOS Federation Sciences Dress -Desilu Studio TOS Prop Fabrication - Unreleased Allen/Gurian Prop Photos
- The Beautiful Women of TOS Part I -TOS U.S.S. Enterprise 11' Filming Model - Captain Kirk's Chair from TOS
- Spock Ears -TOS Control Panels & Displays - Mr. Spock's Science Station
- TOS Soundstage at Desilu -TOS Shatner Romulan Pants - The Beautiful Women of TOS Pt. II
- TOS Galileo Shuttlecraft -Greg Jein TOS Cage Laser Pistol - TOS 3rd Season Midgrade Type II Phaser
- Dr. McCoy's Sickbay on TOS -TOS Balok Puppet Head - Captain Kirk "Mirror, Mirror" Tunic
- Greg Jein TOS Hero Tricorder -1992 Smithsonian TOS Cast Video - TOS 1st Season Command Tunic
- TOS "Where No Man" Silver Contact Lenses -TOS Special Effects: The Transporter - The Art of Matt Jefferies
- TOS "Space Seed" Gold Mesh Jumpsuit -Gorn Costume from "Arena" - Rare TOS Behind-the-Scenes Videos
- TOS Stunt Type II Phaser -1993 Bill Theiss Estate Auction - TOS Shatner Command Dress Tunic
- TOS Elasian Royal Guard Tunic -TOS Finnegan Silver "Shore Leave" Tunic - TOS Science Officer Tunic "The Cage"
- TOS Shatner Early 1st Season Command Tunic -William Shatner TOS Tunics At Auction - TOS Shatner Late 1st Season Command Tunic

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Star Trek: Original Series Female Starfleet Uniform Variations

The original female Starfleet uniform concept for TOS, as seen in the 2 pilots "The Cage" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before", consisted of a tunic and pants ensemble that was virtually identical to that worn by the men aboard ship. One particular difference was a large, rigid collar on the female tunic, as opposed to a small, flexible, ribbed collar for the men ...




A hidden zipper ran down the center of the back for almost the full length of the tunic ...

In "Where No Man Has Gone Before", Yeoman Smith wears a tunic with a more contoured collar design ...

and a loose collar was also seen in the 2nd pilot ...

Ofcourse, the familiar miniskirt design; influenced by the fashion trends of the '60s, was introduced when the series went into regular production for network television.

A couple of different sewing patterns were observed in the famous TOS miniskirt design.
As shown below on a 2nd Season dress, the main body of the costume is observed to be composed of several rectangular - shaped sections that are joined together. A long, hidden zipper runs down the front of the dress (on the right side of the photo) corresponding to the seam line that cuts through the gold Starfleet Sciences patch ...

One can just see part of the hidden zipper assembly in the photo below of Lt. Uhura in a command division outfit ...

In addition to the rectangular-sectioned design; some TOS miniskirts featured main bodies that were composed of interlocking triangular sections of fabric, as shown below ...

This design featured a hidden zipper running down the back of the costume ...

As was the case with the female tunics observed in the pilot episodes, the TOS miniskirts were seen with different collar designs. The less frequently used tight collar ...

and the familiar, wide collar design ...


This female miniskirt from "Court Martial" has a shinier fabric appearance than a traditional TOS engineering dress and, coupled with an elegant gold stripe running along the top of the collar; might be considered a formal, dress version of the female uniform. (Similar to the formal, gold-braid accented dress tunics worn by the male principal actors in the episode.) ...

Occasionally, TOS miniskirts were seen accompanied by thick utility belts to attach phaser and communicator hand props ...

And the female starfleet uniforms were color-coordinated right down to the undergarments ...



A rarely seen TOS female costume from "Charlie X" might have set the groundwork for Jeri Ryan's famous 7 of 9 catsuit ...