Strange New Worlds Starfleet Duty Uniform – Tunic Variants

Debrief

Over the years, I have had grand plans to recreate Starfleet uniforms. So far, none have come to fruition. But when I saw there was an exhibit of the new costumes from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, I hopped on the train and headed down, camera and seam gauge in tow. I’d never been to the Paley Center for Media and didn’t know how busy it gets (spoiler alert: not very). I got to spend some quality alone-time with the uniforms. 

This is only the first post. I took photos of all the costumes and props there and will post them as time permits. The others include Command Dress, Operations Dress, Medical Labcoat, Medical Jumpsuit, Cadet Dress Uniform, Field Jacket, and various non uniform costumes, tricorder, communicator, phaser, memorial pins, Vulcan pendant, and Illyrian scroll.

Without further ado, on to the good stuff.

Command Division, circa 225

Authorized for wear by those personnel specializing in the command and control tasks aboard starships as well as ground and space-based installations, along with Starfleet Command’s upper leadership hierarchy. The assigned division is represented by the uniform tunic’s gold color, with the officer’s rank denoted by stripes on the tunic’s sleeves.

This version of the Command Division Starfleet Duty Uniform is worn by actor Anson Mount for his portrayal of Captain Christopher Pike. It is a creation of costume designers Bernadette Croft and Gersha Phillips and the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds costume department.

Sciences Division, circa 2259

Authorized for those personnel assigned to any of the numerous science-based disciplines typical of starship’s crew, along with similar tasks performed by officers detailed to starbases and other permanent facilities. Examples of typical specializations include biological studies, technicians including sensor and other computer-based information collection and analysis, medics, nurses, and surgeons. The assigned division is depicted via teh uniform tunic’s prevailing blue color, with the officer’s rank displayed on the tunic’s sleeves.

This uniform is worn by actor Ethan Peck for his portrayal of Lieutenant Spock. It is a creation of costume designers Bernadette Croft and Gersha Phillips and the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds costume department.

Operations Division, circa 2259

Worn by Starfleet personnel specializing in the communications, engineering, security, and tactical functions aboard starships as well as starbases and planet-based installations. The uniform tunic’s predominant maroon color indicates the assigned division, with the wearer’s rank denoted by the stripes on the tunic’s sleeves.

This version of the Operations Division Starfleet Duty Uniform is worn by actress Christina Chong for her portrayal of Lieutenant La’An Noonien Singh. It is a creation of costume designers Bernadette Croft and Gersha Phillips and the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds costume department.

Color Reference

To ensure accurate colors I used Color Checker Passport for white balance and normalized exposure using the grey swatches. Except for when showing details on darker photos, I’ve tried to keep exposure consistent.

UPDATE: Thanks to the Star Trek Costume Group on Facebook and an awesome member who snapped a photo of the actual Pantones used for the costumes. They were shared at Star Trek: Mission Chicago by the costume designer Bernadette Croft. The official colors are below. Additionally, Pantone sells individual fabric swatches for each of their colors directly on their website.

Command Uniform Color Values

PANTONE

17-0949 TCX

CHAI TEA

sRGB

178, 131, 47

HEX

#b2832f

Sciences Uniform Color Values

PANTONE

19-4118 TCX

DARK DENIM

sRGB

53, 70, 94

HEX

#35465e

Operations Uniform Color Values

PANTONE

19-1930 TCX

POMEGRANATE

sRGB

108, 40, 49

HEX

#6c2831

Measurements (Command)

Below is a table of the measurements I was able to to take. Some Imperial measurements are rounded.

ComponentMeasurement (cm)Measurement (in)
Collar Height2.51.0
Stripe Height (wide)1.250.5
Stripe Height (narrow)0.750.3
Stripe Separation0.550.2
Cuff Opening to Stripe Offset0.950.375
Total Cuff Length6.62.625
Hem2.41.0
Pant Stripe (total)1.80.3
Pant Stripe (sateen)0.70.15
Fly Topstitching3.61.5
Chest Dart Length10.74.5

Measurements (Sciences)

Below is a table of the measurements I was able to to take. All very similar to . Some Imperial measurements are rounded.

ComponentMeasurement (cm)Measurement (in)
Collar Height2.2.86
Stripe Height (wide)1.250.5
Stripe Height (narrow).750.3
Stripe Separation0.550.2
Cuff Opening to Stripe Offset1.30.5
Total Cuff Length7.02.75
Hem2.51.0
Pant Stripe (total)1.80.3
Pant Stripe (sateen)0.70.15
Fly Topstitching3.41.3
Chest Dart Length103.9

Measurements (Operations)

Below is a table of the measurements I was able to to take. Note the different fly construction. Some Imperial measurements are rounded.

ComponentMeasurement (cm)Measurement (in)
Collar Height2.1.82
Stripe Height (wide)1.20.5
Stripe Height (narrow).750.3
Stripe Separation0.50.2
Cuff Opening to Stripe Offset1.40.5
Total Cuff Length6.42.5
Hem3.01.18
Pant Stripe (total)1.80.3
Pant Stripe (sateen)0.70.15
Fly Topstitching0.9.35

Division Fabric (Downloads)

The raised superhero-esque print used on these uniforms sits much more flush with the fabric than the deltas on the Discovery uniforms. I scaled the image to actual size in Illustrator, then traced and averaged the pattern before tiling it. Since the fabric was not laying flat, I only based the traced pattern on the center of the frame and closest to the ruler to minimize distortion. 

Below are PDF files you can download. One suitable for large applications sized 30″x60″ and another smaller 8 1/2″x11″. Print at 100%. Do not scale.

Command Star Pattern Downloads

Sciences Planet Pattern Downloads

Operations Swirl Pattern Downloads

The Naughty Bits

Here are the photos liable to land me in the brig. Well, if not the brig, at least a stern dressing down by museum staff. In addition to laying my ruler all over the place, I took a peek underneath. Was it worth the risk?

Fabric: Unlike the Discovery uniforms which use a 4-way stretch woven material from Schoeller, this appears to use some kind of bonded knit microfiber.

Waistband: Even more interesting, the waistband is covered entirely in elastic. I didn’t dig any further to figure out what was going on, figuring I’d tempted the museum gods enough. This could be an alteration made for the exhibit or perhaps pregnancy pants have caught on for everyone in the 23rd century.

Flyzip: The zipper is attached very close to the opening.

Full Resolution Photos (Download)

Can’t get enough? Here’s a google drive link where you can download full resolution photos of everything in this post and the other costumes at the exhibit.

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