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 40+ 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

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lt. Ilia Starfleet Class A Uniform from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Presented below are some detailed photos of a rare, screen-used Starfleet Class A Uniform worn by the lovely actress Persis Khambatta in her highly memorable role as the bald Deltan navigator Lieutenant Ilia from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). TMP officers uniforms are rarely found to still possess their original braid, patch and biomonitor device; which adds to the desirability of this costume that was worn by one of the most beautiful women to appear in a Star Trek production. Following the modern day images, which highlight many of the construction details of this uniform, are some photos of Persis Khambatta as seen in the film.

Special thanks to Star Trek collector James A. Brown of California for his gracious permission to display the numerous photos presented below of this outstanding costume. Interested readers are directed to James' website http://www.persiskhambatta.com for an excellent biography of the former Miss India.

Below are some rare special effects images featuring this uniform that were shot for ST:TMP under low-angle, low key-light conditions; and were developed by the film's visual consultant Virgil Mirano for the Ilia bio-mechanical replica reconstruction sequence - the creation of the Ilia probe - within the V'Ger vessel. (Courtesy: James A. Brown)