For a cosplayer (or any artist for that matter), research and planning is a big part of the artistic process. The accessibility of source material for a project takes many forms, but none so important as concept art and photos of the work in question. One such source has been made available for Star Trek fans. Star Trek Costumes, the first of several companion books set for release, consists of a collection of images from the costume archive of Star Trek over the years. This means less time watching episodes to pinpoint the exact costume and more time turning pages and getting a better idea of the uniforms and character outfits. We even see the costumes of the various alien races that they encounter! The book is due out in October, not in time for New York Comic Con or Halloween (unless you are that good at costume construction), but there are a few more conventions and events happening across the nation for the rest of the year to make it easy for Trekkies, both veteran and rookie, to make use of this book right away. But one must never rush the artistic process!
I have not had the chance to watch Star Trek in its entirety over the years, so I am still not sure who I would cosplay from the series. I am definitely more of a science or engineering person, so you would see me in either blue or red if I stuck with a generic crew member uniform. However, I love Whoopi Golberg, and Star Trek: Next Generation is probably my favorite series if I had to pick one, so you would probably see me as Guinan in the future. Or Q, because anti-heroes are amazing.
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