Early TNG jumpsuit analysis, part 3a- Neckline and Yoke

Early TNG-era Starfleet Uniform Jumpsuit Analysis


Part 3a - Neckline and Yoke

Now that we've thoroughly covered William Ware Theiss' stylistic inspirations for his TNG-era uniforms, the fabric they were made with, and the TNG-era division colors he established, let's take a look at the construction of the jumpsuit itself!

"Let's take it from the top." 


The uniform jumpsuits William Ware Theiss designed for The Next Generation had notoriously wide necklines - so much so that these uniforms are sometimes accused of looking like pajamas in that regard.

Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x5 "The Last Outpost"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x18 "Home Soil"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x26 "The Neutral Zone"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x1 "Encounter at Farpoint"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x5 "The Last Outpost"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x23 "Skin of Evil"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x1 "Encounter at Farpoint"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x7 "Lonely Among Us"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x10 "Hide and Q"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x7 "Lonely Among Us"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x26 "The Neutral Zone"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x23 "Skin of Evil"



The wide necklines didn't look quite as extreme on Chief O'Brien, as Colm Meaney has an unusually wide neck.

Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 2x7 "Unnatural Selection"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 2x8 "A Matter of Honor"


The necklines were particularly deep in the front where, as mentioned previously in the "Stylistic influences" section, they formed a slight, TOS-esque V-shape.

Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x1 "Encounter at Farpoint"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x3 "The Naked Now"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x10 "Hide and Q"


This was particularly evident on Data's uniform, and by Worf's chest hairs occasionally poking out of the top ...

Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x16 "Too Short a Season"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x21 "The Arsenal of Freedom"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x22 "Symbiosis"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x26 "The Neutral Zone"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x16 "The Neutral Zone"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 2x4 "The Outrageous Okuna"
Raktajinos put hair on your chest!
TNG, 2x10 "The Dauphin"
Raktajinos put hair on your chest!
TNG, 2x12 "The Royale"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x21 "The Arsenal of Freedom"


The ladies' necklines were similarly styled.

Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x8 "Justice"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x4 "Code of Honor"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x19 "Coming of Age"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x22 "Symbiosis"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 1x18 "Home Soil"
Early TNG jumpsuit neckline
TNG, 2x6 "The Schizoid Man"


The TNG uniform jumpsuit yoke extended onto the sleeve upper sleeve, cut as a continuous piece; there was no "traditional" upper armscye seam, and this formed an unusual yoke/armscye/sleeve construction.

TNG jumpsuit yoke
TNG, 1x1 "Encounter at Farpoint"
TNG jumpsuit yoke
TNG, 1x5 "The Last Outpost"
TNG jumpsuit yoke
TNG, 1x19 "Coming of Age"
TNG jumpsuit yoke
TNG, 2x12 "The Royale"


The yoke flowed continuously across the back; there was no center back seam.

TNG jumpsuit yoke
TNG, 1x6 "Where No One Has Gone Before"
TNG jumpsuit yoke
TNG, 1x12 "The Big Goodbye"
TNG jumpsuit yoke
TNG, 1x18 "Home Soil"
TNG jumpsuit yoke
TNG, 2x16 "Q Who"


TNG jumpsuit analysis - division colors (teal)
TNG jumpsuit home
TNG jumpsuit analysis - piping

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