Saturday, July 5, 2014

Costume #5: Orange and Beige



"Ex Post Facto"

"Heroes and Demons"




This is the fifth costume worn by Kes. I acquired this at the very end of the IAW auctions through a private deal with them directly. When I picked it up I was very surprised to see that it came with three of the over-vests but only one shirt and jumpsuit. There is a company that makes it their business to cut up one of a kind costumes and any other they can get their hands on, glue the tiny piece of fabric to a trading card and sell them off. They claim to have one of these costumes but from what I have seen they only have an undershirt and not the over-vest or jumpsuit. Bad enough but not the end of the world.

The costume was seen a handful of times but is definitely one of the best. Super colorful and vibrant even in person.


Here is the standard 4 view layup showing all sides. This costume differs in one way from the rest in that the jumpsuit has feet sewn in. The rest of her costumes that I have seen have a standard cuff with an elastic band that went under the boot between the heel and sole. This pulls the cuff over the top of the boot and keeps it there. Most shoes worn by her had a two inch heel and high sides like a low cut boot but the ones for this costume had very low sides so that's probably why they elected to have the jumpsuit go inside.

There is also a square that has been cut out of the top of the left foot. Maybe for a color sample or maybe a comfort issue of some sort. The soles of both are very dirty and the left one is worn through at the heel. This jumpsuit definitely saw a ton of use.

Here is a look at the tag inside of the over-vest.

Each over-vest I received was marked as #1, #2 or #3. One of them had pins in it to be altered and a costumers hang tag that read, "Not this one, hangs funny" which I believe refers to the way the zipper bunched up at the bottom.

Costumers hang tag, no idea where the other jumpsuit is or why the undershirt isn't listed.

Outer vest removed to reveal beige undershirt with spandex midsection for a tight fit.

A look at the tag inside of the shirt and jumpsuit. 
NOTE: This is actually an important part of collecting. The actors name should be written inside of the costume, otherwise it may have been used by a stand-in for lighting tests or stunts etc. To have the lead actors's name inside the garment is the best way to be sure it was a hero piece. 

Inside the shirt you can clearly see makeup left over from production.

That's all for this one. Thanks again for putting up with the wait.                                                                                                                          

Costume #1: Brown


"Caretaker Part 2"

This is the first costume worn by the character Kes and was seen during Neelix's negotiation to have her released. She appears from around a corner with a black eye and bloody lip, having spent much time as a slave to the Kazon.

The costume looks olive green in the screen capture above (thanks to Trekcore for the image) but the component's colors are actually more of a brown and beige. The scene is very saturated to give the look of a harsh environment. You can see the true colors more clearly in the next frame when they are on the ship although her leggings look gray now - which isn't the case in person.

She quickly looses the black eye and changes into the Ruby and Tan outfit for most of the episode and that's the last we see of this tattered costume.


Here is a 4 view picture of the costume fully assembled. Pretty simple but it has been weathered, ripped and distressed to show a fair amount of age but still has the look of the Ocompa/Kes style.

This costume was not layered together in the same way that her other costumes are. In other cases, the outer layer is usually sturdy and thicker with the light taffeta undershirt over a jumpsuit. Here they chose to put the fragile undershirt on top and the thicker layer under it. I guess it makes it look more worn. 

The top fragile layer removed to expose the second layer.

The very thick jumpsuit, much like the one on her purple costume. It's almost like neoprene and heavy. The knees have been thoroughly worked over.

Here we see the tag of the second layer. Her name is written again on another tag inside the jumpsuit. We can also see another color change from this angle and that the second layer has a "spice" pattern to it. The overall color is produced by a brownish color with black flecks. This fabric is also used on the "Ruby and Tan" under suit in a slightly more vibrant color.
So that wraps up the Pilot episode costume, hope you enjoyed it.