We’re pretty obsessed with the costumes from Star Trek, both the original series and the later iterations. After all, Trek has a long and proud record of pushing the fashion envelope, from its military pajamas to its alien lingerie. Here’s a look inside a stunning new book about Star Trek’s greatest costumes.

Star Trek: Costumes: Five Decades of Fashion from the Final Frontier comes out next week, and it’s an incredibly lavish collection of pictures I’ve never seen before.

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You learn all about how William Ware Theiss got around network censorship—the network wouldn’t let him show bellybuttons—by inventing brand new erogenous zones that nobody had ever thought of before. Theiss’ costumes for the female guest stars frequently look as though they’re perilously held together with bits of double-sided tape, but they expose random areas of skin that you never thought were sexy before.

There are also amazing insights into designs like Khan’s follower’s costumes in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and the original design sketches of the Borg, both of which are featured below. You get to see just how bonkers Shinzon’s costume design in Star Trek: Nemesis was, too. Most of all, there are incredible full-color close-ups of costumes that you’ve only glimpsed in the corner of the screen, along with tons of costume design sketches.

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Check out a selection of images below, some of which are exclusive to io9.

Designer William Ware Theiss and actress Susan Oliver during filming of the Star Trek pilot, “The Cage.”

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Shahna (Angelique Pettyjohn) from “The Gamesters of Triskelion,” wears a classic Theiss design.

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Theiss’s concept sketch for the Tellurian Ambassador Gav’s costume from “Journey to Babel”

Theiss’s design for Kara, leader of the Eymorgs in “Spock’s Brain”

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Admiral Kirk’s Class A uniform in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Note that costume designer Robert Fletcher had already begun defining visual cues for rank distinctions.

Fletcher’s sketch for Ilia’s Class A uniform in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

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Fletcher’s sketch for Captain (actually, Admiral) Kirk’s Class B uniform.

An early costume sketch for Joachim, Khan’s genetically enhanced right-hand man.

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Durinda Rice Wood’s early concept art for the Borg.

Concept sketch for the new uniform designs in Star Trek V by Nilo Rodis-Jamero.


And here are some page spreads from the book. Click to enlarge!

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Star Trek: Costumes is available on Oct. 13.


Contact the author at charliejane@io9.com and follow her on Twitter @Charliejane

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