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Star Trek’s Michael Kaplan Nominated For Costumers Guild Award + Check Out ST09 Costume Sketches January 26, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: CBS/Paramount,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

Today The Costume Designers Guild was the last guild to announce nominations for 2009 film awards, and once again Star Trek was on the list. Star Trek Costume Designer Michael Kaplan was nominated for his work designing the looks of the final frontier. More details below, plus check out some sketches from the costume designs for Star Trek.  

 

 

Star Trek costumes nominated
The Costume Designers Guild breaks up their nominations like the Art Directors Guild (which also nominated Star Trek). The three categories are: Fantasy, Contemporary, and Period. Star Trek was nominated in the Fantasy category, along with two other films (list via AwardsDaily):

Fantasy

  • Avatar (Mayes C. Rubeo, Deborah Lynn Scott)
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Monique Prudhomme)
  • Star Trek (Michael Kaplan)

This is Kaplan’s third nomination by the CDG. He was previously nominated for his work on Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) and Fight Club (1999). Perhaps the third time will be the charm. The 12th annual Costume Designer Guild Awards Event will be held on Thursday, February 25th, 2010, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.


Costume Design Guild Award statue

Star Trek costume design sketches
Check out sketches for the costumes of Star Trek (from paramountguilds.com)


Cadet outfits


Enterprise uniforms


Keenser’s outfit


Kelvin uniforms


Orbital skydive suit


Orbital skydive suit


Orbital skydive suit


Pike’s Admiral uniform


Nero’s costume


Scotty’s workshop outfit


Amanda’s Vulcan outfit


Spock Prime outfit


Young Spock’s school uniform

Star Trek nominated by 10 of 12 guilds
The costumers were the last to announce and so the final tally has Star Trek picking up at least one nomination from each guild except the DGA (directors) and the ASC (cinematographers). So far three guilds have handed out their awards and Trek won in two out of three (casting and SAG stunt ensemble). The rest of the guild awards are in February.

There are other award shows coming up as well. Star Trek is nominated for a Grammy and 2 BAFTAs. Oscar nominations will be announced next Tuesday.

Comments

1. garen - January 26, 2010

i’m fond of Spock’s collar and hood on his Delta Vega costume. i like how it forms a sphere-like shape.

2. Damian - January 26, 2010

I thought the costumes were perfect. They reflected the original series but with a modern spin. I almost wished the set designers worked the same philosophy, making new sets that had a passing resemblence to the original series.

3. MvRojo - January 26, 2010

Trek could actually win this category as Avatar doesn’t really deserve to win a costuming award. Although a lot of the costume design work in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was pretty imaginative and unique.

4. I'm dead Jim - January 26, 2010

@2 Very much agree!

5. JJ Savard - January 26, 2010

Hope Kaplan wins, he did a great job, the Admiral’s uniform looked straight out of TMP, and it looks great (better than the actual TMP one). Glad that they didn’t use the Vulcan child costume seen in TAS.

6. S. John Ross - January 26, 2010

I liked the Starfleet costumes a lot (with special praise reserved for the excellent high-waisted Kelvin uniforms, a really beautiful touch of retro-futurism there). On the other hand, the “motorcycle cop” costume felt like something from “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” more parody than participation.

Overall, though, thumbs-up.

7. Imrahil - January 26, 2010

Nice seeing Pike in the TMP-admiral’s uniform design.

8. Shadowcat - January 26, 2010

i loved the costumes in ST XI. There were a lot of nice flourishes with a homage to the old TOS designs. Congratulations to the costume designers.

9. Matches Malone - January 26, 2010

Great stuff. The fact that the transition from the original series to the new movie interpretation is seamless.

10. Paul B. - January 26, 2010

The costumes were great and Kaplan deserves this nomination…with one exception, which has been mentioned before but bears repeating.

The women’s uniforms have no rank insignias! Not even a place for them. I like eye candy as much as anybody, but I’d also like to see this unbelievably sexist design corrected in the next film. At least give them sleeves like they had in TOS so they can show their rank.

11. Norm - January 26, 2010

Def. deserves the nomination….and the win!

12. Jeyl - January 26, 2010

Looks like the spacejump post got deleted. Unfortunate. I actually made some good points in that post.

13. somethoughts - January 26, 2010

Yea what happened to the spacejump article/posts? :(

14. Kayla Iacovino - January 26, 2010

I LOVED all of the uniforms in the new movie! Especially the cadet uniforms. Totally awesome. The Kelvin ones were nice, too. I hope someone puts patterns for these online soon, so I can make some for the convention circuit!

Also, very nice to see the nod to TMP with Pike’s uniform at the end of the movie.

15. somethoughts - January 26, 2010

Grats Michael, hope you win!

16. Anthony Pascale - January 26, 2010

Post Magazine site is down so i removed the spacejump article that was pointing to nowhere

17. ety3 - January 26, 2010

I’ll be honest: I don’t understand why “Avatar” got nominated in this one.

The military uniforms/outfits seem fairly standard issue and the civilian clothes don’t seem terribly far removed from contemporary designs. I’m guessing the costumers consulted on the Nav’i outfits, but, there wasn’t much there, either.

I’m sure I’m woefully underestimating the work that went into it, but, again, I don’t quite get it.

18. Anthony Pascale - January 26, 2010

Kayla, you goign to go as a ‘cadet’ to Trek con?

i hope to see more ST09 outfits in Vegas this year. Last year one of the costume contest winners did a great job on an orbital skydive outfit.

I hope the sequel has as much variety. One of the things about most of the Star Trek films (except TMP) is that there isnt a lot of variety of costumes. Now that everyone is in the main uniform will that be all we see them in? Maybe they will come up with some cool landing party outfits or different environmental gear.

19. UAB Blazer - January 26, 2010

1.

I agree, the way Spock Prime’s hood came apart was really awesome. It should totally be made by a retailer.

20. somethoughts - January 26, 2010

#18

That would be cool seeing different types of uniforms in additional to the traditional TOS/TMP ones. I wish they would have a nice 20min scene in San Fran and show us how the city of the future looks, sorta like minority report or something, not just 5sec cgi/matte paintings.

21. rogue_alice - January 26, 2010

I really like the costuming in ST. All designs were great. And I too liked the callbacks to the TOS era uniforms.

To comment on Spock’s Parka hood…it actually freaked me a bit given that the monster/alien they had just shoo’d away had a mouth that opened the same way as Spock’s hood. :)

Amanda’s dress is beautiful. Pike’s Adm uniform is…stately.

Great work Mr. Kaplan. Good luck.

22. rogue_alice - January 26, 2010

#20 – I do remember, waay back, Gene R saying he intentionally stated away from Earth to leave it’s environment and “politics” somewhat of a mystery.

Not sure if anyone can confirm. But, I agree, seeing Earth and how we will live in the future (through the eyes of ST) would be cool.

Obviously, we have road and highways given that Young Kirk hauled around in that Vette.

I kinda thought everyone and everything would just beam around the planet. :)

23. SerenityActual - January 26, 2010

Congrats to all involved. I loved almost all the costuming in this movie. I really wish we could get a good look at Pike’s admiral outfit, maybe next time.

24. captain_neill - January 26, 2010

I loved Spock’s hooded coat on Delta Vega, the hood was a great design and loved how it folded down.

The uniforms were an aspect I really loved because I felt they were very faithful to the uniforms in the Original Series.

The collars on Vulcan female dresses were a bit different but now that I have seen the film more I do like them, I always loved the Vulcan attire from the TOS movies onwards.

I loved the TMP nod to Admiral Pike’s Admiral uniform.

Thinking about t he costume designs there is a lot to love about his movie.

Actually I am in the mood to watch the movie again.

25. Praetor Shinzon II - January 26, 2010

I think the Kelvan uniforms are the best in Star Trek except the ones for ST 2-6. The male cadet uniforms are very good but the female cadet & ship uniforms are so 60’s and so over. Misogynist much?

26. Paulaner - January 26, 2010

#6

Well, I liked the cop. It was a nice connection between the kind-of abstract Star Trek world and mundane Earth. The way he talked and the uncertainty of him being a human or an android was very intriguing. In my humble opinion, having androids for such institutional and rules-driven tasks is acceptable.

27. captain_neill - January 26, 2010

My only problem with the kelvin uniforms is that they looked more like the TNG era late 24th Century uniforms, the ones from All Good Things…

28. Paulaner - January 26, 2010

#27

To me, they looked like a post-Enterprise design, don’t you think?

29. captain_neill - January 26, 2010

partly they did now that you mention it but I felt they were very reminiscent of the late 24th Century

30. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - January 26, 2010

I have a question:

What were they thinking with the Kelvin uniforms?

31. captain_neill - January 26, 2010

I do like the Kelvin uniforms just think they belong in the 24th Century more than early 23rd

32. MDSHiPMN - January 26, 2010

I too think the female uniforms are sexist, but so was TOS.

33. The First Son of Krypton - January 26, 2010

How did Avatar get nominated for this? The RDA suits are just normal military… the doctors just had lab coats and the annoying middle management guy who tried woefully to explain unobtainium just wore a suit.

Hell, even the Navi costumes are just cg’ed? How the frak did this get nominated… Star Trek has to win

34. The First Son of Krypton - January 26, 2010

Oh and… #30: I assume they were trying to bridge the gap between ENT Jumpsuits and TOS Uniforms… I for one love them

35. Jorg Sacul - January 26, 2010

There aren’t androids in Kirk’s era on Earth. The cop was human(oid–may have been an alien working on Earth, who knows).

As for all this talk of “sexism”… Did you ever think that perhaps in the future, style and culture might be different than today’s interpretation? Maybe the uniform of choice is optional for a cadet or crewperson? Think of how someone in 1766 would have reacted to clothes of 1966, or 2010. Times change. At least the crew wasn’t in those awful TMP jammies. (Admiral 2-tone uniform aside, which rocked)

36. Joseph Chapes - January 26, 2010

The Kelvin uniforms looked fine, but I’m confused by the division colors. Both George Kirk and the Captain wore blue. Are they both in the science division, or did the command division wear blue at this point in time. It looked like other officers were wearing a goldish uniform, so I don’t know what was going on. Perhaps I’m overthinking it.

Joseph Chapes

37. S. John Ross - January 26, 2010

#26: “Well, I liked the cop.”

So did I.

38. Red Skirt - January 26, 2010

I have a little problem with this particular award. This is one of those instances like WGA in which there should be a best adaptation category. Star Trek, like period movies simply adapted designs which were very clearly defined. So the bar on originality is immediately lowered for me, leaving them merely with execution. With very few exceptions, I don’t see a lot of original ideas here.

Perhaps that’s the two categories they should have: best execution, and best original design.

But wait, I am not done – I didn’t particularly care for the execution either. I didn’t care for the way many of the uniforms unattractively bunched up on the actors, or the way the fabrics looked cheap and ill fitting in some designs, the admiralty at Star Fleet for instance, etc. So I guess I have to pass on Star Trek for this category altogether. Definitely don’t see it winning. What what do I know about costume design guilds? LOL

39. somethoughts - January 26, 2010

#32

Higher the skirts the better :) at least they weren’t wearing white stockings with high heels right? hehe

With Avatar special effects technology now, it would be cool having them do a complete rendering of san fran and or Qo’noS and just show us the awe of a future/alien city.

40. Steve Pinsent - January 26, 2010

Any notice that the page on the Jump sequence is gone?

I was following, and enjoying that thread!

41. Desstruxion - January 26, 2010

The uniforms on ST:Enterprise to me were the best ever. They were more practical and professional looking. More of a throwback to NASA. The pockets made the most sense. I do however think that Uhura looked fantastic in her mini. T’pol filled out her’s nicely as well in “In a Mirror Darkly.” She can meld with me anyday. Heh heh.

42. 'Trick - January 26, 2010

I liked the costumes, mostly.

I didn’t care for the cop at all–it took me out of the movie. He just didn’t look like he belonged. The design was fine, just not for this movie.

Also, Nero’s crew was pretty ho-hum. Standard stuff that you see on rough-and-tumble baddies. Much better than Shinzon’s squeaky S&M garb, however.

I think ST has a chance at the award.

-‘Trick

43. Christine - January 26, 2010

I still fail to see how the Pike-era uniforms were basically the same for both genders (same style, anyways) but in the 2250’s (er, right?) the ladies were put into miniskirts.

…Just a thought. ;3

Loved the costuming in ‘Trek. Here’s hoping that it wins!

44. Joseph Chapes - January 26, 2010

#43
It was my understanding that the Pike Era was the early 2250’s. The original series was mid to late 2260s. The new movie was mostly during 2258.

I will point out that females in the new movie could choose either the mini-skirt look or the pants look. Please look at the deleted scene where Kirk is saying sorry to the Orion in blue. She was wearing pants and a uniform shirt with sleeves.

45. pacimage - January 26, 2010

IMHO those sketches are fantastic. Really reflect the final product through the design, and emotion of character. Really good stuff here!

46. gingerly - January 26, 2010

These costumes definitely should get an Oscar nod, if not win.
They’re really well-done. I’m very fond of the retro-futuristic look they had going.

47. Sisko is the Prophet - January 26, 2010

god i feel sorry for the Red Skirt type of trekkie nitpickers. what a joyless form of fandom they seem to have. Star Trek was fun and looked great and the franchise is back in a big way and all they do is nag nag nag. Nothing would make these trolls happy

for the record i thought the costumes were great. When i found out the guy who did blade runner was doing the costumes I knew they were in good hands. Congrats to Mr. Kaplan and all his people.

48. captain_neill - January 26, 2010

In the The Cage the girls did wear pants but on their top the collar was thicker and looser.

only difference in TOS mini skirts that there were no sexy black tights in the new movie to go along with the mini skirts.

The only thing I felt was overdone on uniforms were the mini deltas, its was similar to a gripe I had with Brandon Routh’s Superman costume, why must there be little S’s in the big S on his chest. Seemed too much of a branding a la like the Doctor having Question marks on his shirt collars in Doctor Who in the 80s.

However the uniforms were spot on.

49. Red Skirt - January 26, 2010

#47, thanks for your concern. For the record, I thought the costumes were great too. This is not an article about whether the costumes were great in Star Trek. Last time I checked it was an article about the costumes being nominated for a guild award for best costumes in a fantasy movie this year. By that measure, I do not think they are anything special. They are derivative of someone else’s designs, are not otherwise particularly innovative and the designers IMO are not as deserving as some of the other films. But I respect the work and appreciated the efforts and none of it caused me not to enjoy the film.

50. Bucky - January 26, 2010

36

I assumed in the Kelvin era (post Ent / pre TOS) Blue was command (the way that command went from gold to red from TOS to TNG) and Gold was sciences and we just happened to see all science and command officers (and some doctors).

51. PunkSpocker - January 26, 2010

I love the mini skirt with tall boot look. Not fond of the burqa Amanda wore but Winona Ryder looked beautiful. I have the black insignia on black shirt Kirk wore–Hanukah present! I get tons of complinments on it for a change!

52. Bucky - January 26, 2010

And I totally bought into the Kelvin uniforms being a bridge between the Ent and the TOS outfits – see the shoulder-patch thingies from ENT (which are inspired by the 24th Century designs) and the wrist command rankings. So, if you think about it, Starfleet uniforms overall have a lot of shoulder flair going on, it’s only TOS uniforms that are an different. Patches are in, people!

53. Joseph Chapes - January 26, 2010

#50

I guess that’s correct. I just have a hard time buying that Starfleet went from gold for command in the 22nd century, to blue in the 2230s, back to gold in the 2250s/60s and then to red in the 24th century.

I bought the gold to red transition since everyone wore red in the TOS movie era. I just assume when Starfleet went back to the tri-color scheme, they just kept command in red. Maybe it’s just me.

54. ryanhuyton - January 26, 2010

“Star Trek” had some absolutely great costume designs. My favorite for me is the two-tone suit worn by Admiral Pike. Nice nod to TMP. I enjoyed the Kelvin uniforms as well. Same for the cadet uniforms. Overall there’s not much to complain about in regards to the costumes. Certainly deserves an award or two.

55. Jack - January 27, 2010

@49 Even the Kelvin, Vulcan and cadet unifors? Derivative, I mean?

I sort of wish they’d not used the starfleet arrowhead for the Kelvin crew (but get why they did)– mainly because the different insignia for every ship/station/starbase baffled me as a kid (how do they remember them all? I thought). I love that they used it in that episode of enterprise.

56. Ironhyde - January 27, 2010

Star Trek should win for Spock’s snow coat alone!

57. captain_neill - January 27, 2010

On the kelvin there seemed to be only two uniform colours, did not see any red but I did like them

just because I feel like they belong in the late 24th Century d

58. JB - January 27, 2010

The pants in the Starfleet uni look much better in TOS than tucked into the boots in the movie.

59. Red Skirt - January 27, 2010

#55, Jack, I don’t mean to be overly critical of the movie. If they don’t change a thing vis-a-vis the costumes, I won’t really care. Personally, I think it is fine to have an opinion about something. Even these diehard “fanboys” who proclaim everything as great surely must love_some_things less than others. Pointing those things out does not make one less of a fan or bitter, or negative, etc. That said, the Kelvin uniforms were pretty basic and has already been observed here, derivative of Forbidden Planet and Flash Gordon. While I liked what they evoked in a Star Trek movie, I’m not particularly impressed by them fro s design standpoint (although they were the best fitting and constructed of all of them). The cadet uniforms likewise were adaptations of a traditional contemporary military academy, which I thought was interesting choice for Trek, with a bold splash of red. Again nothing revolutionary. And those simulator jumpsuits reminded me of big gray Snuggies. My overall impression was one of a bunch of disparate styles reminiscent of the various different eras of Star Trek, which would certainly resonate with the fans, but in general lacked any kind of overall cohesiveness within the film. I just didn’t feel the duty uniforms and the cadet/dress uniforms existed in the same universe.

60. James Tyler - January 27, 2010

I loved the costuming in the new movie. From the tweaks to the old Trek outfits, the 50’s-ish Kelvin era uniforms… and the Romulans gear. It was wonderful.

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