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“Star Trek: Into Darkness”

May 31, 2013

“Star Trek: Into Darkness” marks the second “Star Trek” collaboration between Costume Designer Michael Kaplan and director/producer J.J. Abrams (additionally the two teamed up for 2009’s “Star Trek” reboot, 2011’s “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” and will reunite for an upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII”). As with any beloved, decades-old franchise, Kaplan was tasked with honoring Star Trek’s costume origins while reinvigorating them with 2013 technologies for contemporary audiences.

Sometimes a “simple twist” on a classic—in this case, the traditionally primary-colored Starfleet uniforms—is the most subtle yet effective way to execute a revamped, iconic garment. Kaplan recreated the red, blue and gold uniforms first popularized by the “Star Trek” television series in the late 60s by integrating a patterned fabric design. Small, chevron-like Starfleet shapes running in a vertical pattern give a decidedly modern feel to the Starship Enterprise crew’s uniforms. Sleek, futuristic and athletic, the uniforms preserve a nod to the retro roots of the legendary franchise.

“Star Trek: Into Darkness” is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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