The original Star Trek television series opened their first pilot with similar uniforms between the men and women. The ladies uniform generally consisted of a velour style of shirt, while the rest of the uniform came with black boots and black tights, along with a short black skirt. Although it was rare, sometimes you would see one of the ladies wearing black pants instead of the skirt, a trend that would become more standard on “The Next Generation.” The men’s Star Trek uniforms were definitely similar to the ladies, as you would everything the same except black pants instead of a skirt and tights. In the very early pilot, Star Trek symbol was actually affixed to the left sleeve instead of on the chest. Even from the beginning, shirt colors were used to identify each crew member’s duties.
The early pilot episodes displayed three primary Star Trek shirt colors were worn to indicate the duties performed. Command personnel wore a gold shirt, while operations personnel wore beige and the medical, science, and security personnel wore blue uniform shirts. The colors changed some from the pilot to production. Command and helm officers wore gold/green shirts, while operations, engineering, and security personnel wore red shirts. The science and medical officers wore the standard blue shirt.
The Star Trek insignia consisting of the arrowhead logo, would also denote the branch of service. For command personnel, a star was used, for science and medical, a circle superimposed with an oval, and for the operations and engineering, an angular spiral would denote the wearer’s area of expertise. In the case of officers that were assigned to other star bases or star ships, very similar Star Trek uniforms were worn; however, the arrowhead insignia was replaced with various logos or patches denoting the base of assignment or the star ship on which they served.
Over the next few years, several new designs, colors, and materials were tested, and generally did not meet with much approval. One film director insisted on a complete re-design stating that he did not want an all gray uniformed crew working on an all gray colored ship. Beginning with the movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek uniforms again were more colorful and practical. Later on, a type of jumpsuit was the uniform of choice – colors again indicated the branch of service, and changed insignias replaced those used in the past.
In the more recent episodes of Enterprise, Star Trek uniforms changed back to a blue jumpsuit with a dark colored undershirt. The uniform had colored piping around the shoulders that was used to denote the branch of service. Flight control or command wore the gold piping, security and engineering wore red piping, and science, medical, and communications personnel wore blue piping. Some have said that these particular styles of Star Trek uniforms look more like the modern day NASA flight suit than the uniform that it intended to be. There was one exception to the uniform dress code in Enterprise, and that was for the character T’Pol. Apparently, her figure looked so much better in a spandex jumpsuit, and may have been needed to spice up the show a little. The same exception was evident in Voyager with the Borg Seven of Nine.
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