Bernadette Croft is the space-savvy costume designer behind the spaced out looks in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Her costume design is garnering buzz, as it should. She knows Star Trek well, having worked on two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery with costume designer Gersha Phillips, before joining the new series. She uses a throwback to the original costume design with her own touch, which is inspired by high, futuristic fashion.
Space-age or futuristic design has been taken over high fashion, in a way. Just look at the works of Iris Van Herpen, Guo Pei or the extravagant Thierry Mugler. In fact, all of these fashion designers, and more, were inspiration for Croft’s design on the show. Much of the costume design we see onscreen is angular, minimal and abstract. “I often go deep diving on Pinterest for research,” Croft tells Forbes.
She shares exclusive photos and drawings for her costume design on the show. She speaks from her home in Toronto about costume design, Pinterest and staying creative.
Forbes: What vision did you have for the costumes of Strange New Worlds?
Bernadette Croft: I wanted to lean into the nostalgia and color of ‘The Original Series’ yet modernize the silhouette, fabrics and construction techniques. I want to help inspire and attract new audiences—and Trekkies!—while maintain the integrity of this incredible legacy and franchise.
Space-age or futuristic design has been taken over high fashion, in a way. I noticed much of the style in the series is angular, minimal and somewhat abstract. Are there any influences from fashion designers we might know today?
I love Iris van Herpen, Guo Pei, Thierry Mugler, Alexander McQueen, Maison Schiaparelli, Hassidriss and Gelareh. Their work is always “other worldly” and fantastical. I’m also inspired by art, architecture, the gaming world, travel and nature. I often go deep diving on Pinterest for research.
John Fluevog, the Canadian shoe designer, sold a limited edition number of boots to celebrate the ones you chose for the cast to wear on the show. They’re already sold out. Are you surprised?
I am! The collaboration process with the team at Fluevog couldn’t have been better. We were lucky to work with such a well-established, local company that prides itself with craftsmanship. The sleek design really modernizes the silhouette of the uniform. I cannot wait to see people wearing these boots out in the wild.
In your eyes, how did you carry the Star Trek legacy in costume design, while keeping it fresh?
I want to pay tribute and honor the creative work that has been done before me. Especially costume designer William Ware Tyce’s work on The Original Series and Gersha Phillips’s work on Discovery. I can’t help but be inspired! It’s so exciting for me to reach not only our beloved Trekkies but new audiences that may not have watched Star Trek before. With the help of my team, we will modernize and infuse our knowledge of new materials, fabrics and construction techniques. We are a creative bunch!
What was the best part about working on Strange New Worlds?
I’m contributing to a show that is positive, hopeful and optimistic. It’s about the importance of diversity, understanding and curiosity. Through my work, I get to think about who a character is and where they have come from. This helps inform an audience’s sense of time and place. Contributing to thought provoking and inspiring stories is such an honor.
Watch Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on Paramount+.