Star Trek: Discovery's Bold, New Starfleet Uniform Designs Hint At Classic Series' Looks

Take a closer look at the new Federation outfits in this behind-the-scenes video.
Posted on Sep 21, 2017 | 12:20pm

"Putting on a Star Trek uniform for the first time, it feels like putting on a world," says Sonequa Martin-Green in a new costume and wardrobe featurette for Star Trek: Discovery. "But it also feels like putting on home."

Fans have already seen glimpses of the new, iconic Starfleet uniforms from Star Trek: Discovery in photos and trailers… but have not gotten an up-close view of them until now. Watch the video above for an in-depth look at Starfleet’s slick new apparel.

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While the uniforms for the new CBS All Access original series have their own distinct look, they also draw inspiration from past Trek series.

Since Discovery takes place between Star Trek: Enterprise and the original Star Trek, it makes sense that the new show would strike a balance between those two shows in terms of Federation clothing design.

The Enterprise influence is clear; the new uniforms prominently feature blue, which is a nod to the uniforms worn by Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) and his crew aboard the Enterprise NX-01.

As for the uniforms' metallic accents, that's where the original Star Trek comes into play. Costume Designer Gersha Phillips says they took a page from the old show's different colored outfits in order to denote the three main Starfleet departments.

"We have gold [accents] for Command, silver for Science, and copper for Operations and Engineering," Phillips explains—a subtle reference to the yellow, blue, and red shirts established in the original series.

Be sure to watch the full video for a complete breakdown of the uniforms, as well as Michael Burnham's thruster pack-equipped hard suit.

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