Would you believe it if I told you that the uniforms that you went gaga over in Star Trek: The Next Generation had actually had some hellish experiences behind the scenes? Gene Roddenberry has done a fantastic job as far as creating the utopian future for Mankind is concerned. However, the same can’t be said about his fashion sense. The cast and crew told their torturous saga during the making of the show. Here are the woes they went through;
1. Stinky Uniforms
Yup, the costumes smelt awful. As it is, Roddenberry thought that costumes should be made exclusively out of spandex. Now my dears, a fact about spandex is that it retains odor. Costume designer Robert Blackman had stated it’s not possible to have the smell erased if spandex is worn for long periods. Further, when costumes were dry cleaned, they retained a little smell of the dry cleaning fluid too! When Blackman was the costume designer in the show’s third season, the first thing he noticed was the yucky smell coming from the wardrobe department. Thankfully, TV sets can’t transmit odors or else, we’d have to peg our noses!
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2. Tiny Uniforms
Since Roddenberry was insistent on costumes being form-fitting, they were made smaller by two sizes. So not only were they uncomfortable but unflattering too. Double whammy! What’s more, characters couldn’t even imagine gaining weight otherwise it would show immediately. Like LeVar Burton said, spandex “hid nothing.”