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SciFi Fashion

One of my favorite book quotes from a non SFR or PNR book is from Janet Evanovich’s Seven Up.

“For the Better part of my childhood, my professional aspirations were simple—I wanted to be an intergalactic princess. I didn’t care much about ruling hordes of space people. Mostly I wanted to wear the cape and the sexy boots and carry a cool weapon.”

This quote tells you a lot about Stephanie Plum, the former fashion professional turned bounty hunter. I certainly understand where Stephanie was coming from. I wanted my own space boots and shiny jumpsuit at one time. One of the first SciFi women I remember wanting to be was Colonel Wilma Deering, played by Erin Gray, in Buck Rogers in the 25th century.

Like Wilma, most of the SciFi girls I remember where military women rather than princesses, but Star Wars did give us Leia and her mother Padme, two of the most creative dressers in the genre.

Lei started a tradition of the creative updo and Padme managed to take it to a whole new level.

Here are a few of my other favorite SciFi Fashonistas…

Lilu from the Fifth Element  – only Lilu could make a roll of tape look like high fashion.

The ladies of Logan’s Run – I actually had a dress similar to the shiny sheath dresses they wore, back in my younger days.

Diana of old V and Anna of new V – dressed to kill. One in an orange jumpsuit, the other in a gray power suit.

If you had to pick your fashions from SciFi, what would you choose?

Maybe something colorful and fun from Cleopatra 2525?

Or are you more the comfortable and conservative SGC or BSG officer type?

And how many of you will admit to owning (or having owned) a Star Fleet uniform at some point in your fan-span?

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20 thoughts on “SciFi Fashion

  1. Anna from “V” definitely knows how to dress!

    I never owned a star fleet uniform to be honest. I wasn’t really into sci-fi when I was younger. My geekiness is fairly new (last 5-10 yrs) to me 😉

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  2. No Starfleet uniform, although not for the desire to possess or wear one! 🙂

    I think I’d like to try something from the Firefly universe – I love Kaylee’s practical pants and shirt but then I also adored the graceful elegance of Inara’s outfits.

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  3. I have to say that SGC is more my speed, something casual and easily worn always wins for me… I do however have to admit to having the same love of Erin Gray’s outfits in Buck Rogers, they just made her look so cool at the time the show was first aired…..

    No uniforms for me as never really that much of a Trekkie even though I love Star Trek reruns….

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    • I was always amazed at how many variations of a uniform their could be. Everything from a change in color to fancy buckles or patches. but mostly they all looked like jumpsuits.

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    • Well, the short skirts were just a product of the 60s and 70s. Funny how current fashion can influence the fashion of a SciFi show set far in the future.

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  4. Great post as usual, Charlie! Me– well you can probably guess that I’d like to be jand dress just like Sam in SG1 if I could! But I’d take a staff weapon any day, and if I had to go nude to get one, I would. Still, I have to say I love Lilu’s tape outfit from Fifth Element too. Remember Farscape? Loved that series. It was the first time I started thinking about creating blue aliens!

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  5. I’d go for either Farscape clothes (black leather!) or the casual Western style in Firefly.
    I would have loved to have a Starfleet uniform (TNG or DS9 style) but since I don’t live in US they were way, way too expensive.

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    • At my first SciFi con, I was amazed to learn that most serious fans make the costumes. They had a whole track dedicated to making costumes. I am soooo not good with a needle and thread.

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  6. Loved Colonel Deering back in the day! I’ve had two TOS uniforms….one in blue and one in red. I’ve got pics around some where….

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  7. I’d probably lean towards Firefly, too, but what I really wanted (and OMG still want) was Uhura’s six-pack. She was totally buff!

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  8. Never dressed up but I did knit Tom Baker’s 4th Doctor’s scarf when I was in high school. Taught myself to knit to do it. LOL. I think, if I could, I’d chose Anara’s clothes from firefly. Or Padme’s non-queenly outfits.

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