I interviewed the Star Trek Into Darkness costume designer for Wired.com! You can read it here.
Since Star Trek first made its way to the big screen, its
costume design has veered away from the classic color-coded uniforms in
favor of experiments with red double-breasted uniforms and unfortunate
flesh-colored jumpsuits. But for the 2009 J.J Abrams Star Trek reboot and its recently released sequel, Into Darkness,
costume designer Michael Kaplan helped move the sartorial stylings of
the Enterprise crew forwards by looking backwards–at the trusty old red,
blue, and gold. It’s a comfortingly familiar detail amongst Abrams’
trademark lens flare and glowing spaceship interiors: a conscious
chromatic nod to the vintage style of the original costumes.