thom chiaramonte

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TRDL 2014 Series, No. 19 – Starfleet Uniform Redesign [Star Trek]

TRDL 2014 Series, No. 19 – Starfleet Uniform Redesign [Star Trek]

TRDL 2014 Series, No. 19 – Starfleet Uniform Redesign [Star Trek]

This was done for the TRDL Art Jam, the subject being Star Trek. The original art was released in 2009, and is being reissued here under the current TRDL trade dress.

Well, you all know how much I enjoy redesigns. I’ll be building some more proper galleries on the main site soon to collect some of them, in fact. But anyway, I decided to redesign a Star Trek uniform this time around. It’s something, in fact, probably the BIGGEST interest, I always have on each film or project: what will they do to the designs… For example, I enjoyed the ST:TMP redesigns from the late 70s quite a bit, even as a younger bot. The white, creamy look to everything had a positive, pure vibe reflecting a hopefulness for the future (much like Abrams used that lens flare effect to give the bridge a similar tone in the new film)… I enjoyed the ST:TNG uniforms as well, especially the color shoulder splash over a black body suit… and especially the militant mirror-universe versions. I was less enthused with the various film costumes over the years, though I liked how the new film resolved a lot of the design cues for the legacy of the look (less the weave of the top tunic, but more the use of a black under-tunic, which gave a tunic-less Kirk a chance to run around in black and have it be feasible in plot)…
Anyway, my redesign plays with some classic moves (the skirt for a female officer, the use of a collar badge to denote rank) but makes some changes too (piping on the tunic and skirt, a skirt slit for function, banding behind the rank badges as slits in the tunic, and matte black boots and cuffs and shoulder pieces over a largely monochromatic look)… the hardest aspects to pull the trigger on were the hair (I wanted to do the twin pony tail bobs, but then it felt like she just needed one, and THEN I was able to convince myself to use the symmetry of the pair, and went with it) and the use of opaque leggings of the same color and value as the skirt (I love this look, but it was hard to not show flesh on the legs, after watching Zoe Saldana in the first film, ahem)…
So, here we are! Star Trek uniform, TRDL style! The character in question? Stephenson fans know…

TRDL 2014 Series, No. 18 – Star-Lord (Film Version)

TRDL 2014 Series, No. 18 – Star-Lord (Film Version)

TRDL 2014 Series No. 20 - Wunderdame [TRDL Redesign of Wonder Woman]

TRDL 2014 Series No. 20 - Wunderdame [TRDL Redesign of Wonder Woman]