How Sci-Fi Fashion Has Changed | The Guardian

Costume Designers can only speculate on what coming intergalactic fashions will look like, but as Star Trek and After Earth demonstrate, the future is nearly always skintight.

Pictured are men's uniforms in Star Trek Into Darkness' are reminiscent of moisture-wicking sportswear.
The men’s uniforms in Star Trek Into Darkness’ are reminiscent of moisture-wicking sportswear.

Recent Sci-Fi, such as JJ AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness and After Earth (M. Night Shyamalan, 2013), are reminders of how film and TV so often depict future fashion as skimpy or skintight. The uniforms in Abrams’ Star Trek revival have progressed from previous versions, but retain the hallmarks of the originals.

The men’s uniforms have a mesh outer layer, reminiscent of moisture-wicking sportswear. The female uniforms are more precise replicas of the originals, with miniskirts and knee-high boots.

In After Earth, the stranded father and son are costumed in something reminiscent of an armoured wetsuit. These films are following a tradition established by films such as Logan’s Run (1976), Buck Rogers (1979-1981) and Tron (1982), in which costume left little to the imagination.

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