Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Costume #4: Purple


"Time and Again"

"The Cloud"

"Prime Factors"





This is the Fourth costume worn by Kes. Ever since this costume came up for auction through the infamous IAW Ebay auctions I regretted not going after it - I actually think I missed seeing it completely until after that week's auctions had ended and figured this one was gone into the ether forever.

A few months later I accidentally matched the Ebay user name of the winner with a member of the "Star Trek Props, Costumes & Auction" forum and asked him if he'd consider selling it. Of course the answer was a polite no with the promise of giving me first shot if he ever decided to part with the costume. Fast forward two years and I can now add this wonderful piece to my collection.

This costume is from the first season of "Voyager" and is seen in the first few episodes immediately after the initial two-parter.

As with the previously posted costume there were two versions of this piece. The first one appeared only once in the episode, "Time and Again" and features a tall collar on the outer sweater and sits high on the shoulders. The neck opening is the only part of the costume that is different from the later version as far as I can tell.

Here we have the altered, shorter collar as seen in, "The Cloud" and in subsequent episodes. This was achieved by simply rolling the very top of the collar inside and hand stitched it down. They also added a stitch or two to the bottom of the vertical opening making it shorter as well. It's kind of a bummer as it looked awesome the way it was but probably fell inward and had to be fixed constantly, oh well. That's the way it sits today.

The other thing of note is that I firmly believe that there was only one outer sweater made, or at least filmed. There are some very specific details in the fabric and stitching which are present on both version as seen in screen caps from every episode in which it is seen. It's not definitive but I am almost positive that while it there may have been another made, this is the one used for most of the filming. Whether or not this applies to the rest of the costume, I can not say.


Here is a 4 view picture of the costume fully assembled. Not much of interest to report as it's construction is fairly straight forward. It is however extremely well tailored and each piece barely fits over the layer below which is largely responsible for it's overall tailored look. It has seams and finish details in places that I have not seen on any other "Kes" costume leaving this as one of most well constructed.

The outer sweater has a very long zipper (which does not open at both ends) so the actress can put it on over their head. It is then tucked up inside where the tail end is snapped in two places to prevent it from falling down during wear.

After the snaps are released the zipper can be fully opened and the outer sweater can be removed. Note that you can clearly see the part of the collar that has been rolled in and sewn down. Also, there is a significant amount of makeup on the front edge of the collar. Some do not like this aspect of costume collecting but I think it adds to the provenance of a piece as is clear evidence of it's repeated use.

Another cool detail of this costume is the Velcro used to attach the outer sweater to the shoulders of the taffeta piece directly under it. If you look closely you can see one of the snaps for the zipper at the corner of the sweater.

With the sweater removed you can now see the purple undershirt - front and back shown below.

With this opened you can see clearly a spandex panel that has been sewn in to the undershirt to keep the cloth tight around the waist.

A closer look at that spandex panel!

And the Velcro for the sweater!

The undershirt reveals the wet suit-like jumpsuit. The panels on this are extensive and it is quite thick unlike some of her other costumes. This must have fit Jennifer like a glove and was probably a little hot and uncomfortable under the studio lights. The mannequin is rigid and shows the seams pretty badly here but I'd suspect that this smooths out when it is worn by a person.

A closer look at the panel details. Even the sleeves and neck have nicely rolled edges that look great with this thick spandex material.

Down at the feet the is a stirrup made of the same material and a flap that apparently clips to the top of the boots or shoes to keep it form riding up and exposing the top of her feet.

And that's about it! Another great costume from the growing Kes Army.

I will be adding more costumes in short order to keep this going. They will be added in the order of their appearance. The next up is from "Phage" and about 13 other episodes. It's probably the most worn costume of all of them. I also plan to generate a list of the costumes and which episodes they appeared in but that's a lot of Voyager for one person..... you know?