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THE MASTER TAILOR
PORTRAIT: ART STREIBER
When he was first approached about Star Trek, costume designer Michael Kaplan immediately told his agent, “I don’t think I’m the right person to do this.” Not being a Trekker, he worried about being “an imposter”. By chance, though, both he and J.J. Abrams were holidaying on the East Coast. Two hours in a café later and... “J.J. can be very persuasive. I told him all my fears, and he said, ‘That’s exactly what we’re looking for. I wanna do it fresh.’”
Their decision was fully vindicated, with an approach that engrossed the faithful and engaged newcomers. Sleek without being too slick, Kaplan’s costumes achieved what no-one thought possible: they made Star Trek cool. Not that we should have expected anything less from the man whose eclectic résumé includes Blade Runner (with Charles Knode) and Fight Club. “There are certain movies where, you know, I just delight in getting up in the morning!” Here’s hoping his work with Abrams will include a new such episode...