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Star Trek: Discovery to reintroduce Next Generation's unisex 'skant' dress

Star Trek: Discovery will be bringing back the iconic unisex minidress from The Next Generation.

Both male and female officers of the Starfleet wore the minidress, named the 'skant', back in the 1987 series, and costume designer Gersha Phillips confirmed that it will be making a return before the end of the second season of Star Trek: Discovery.

"They haven't come out yet, they'll be later in the season," she confirmed to Daily Dot. "I was looking for a particular character to do it on, and we didn't have anybody specific.

"It'll come up closer to the end, but we did do it and we will try to do it going forward.

"It's true that it's always been there for Star Trek. You know, apart from the original series and the JJ [Abrams] remake, they have maintained a really cool non-binary look throughout.

"So I think that for us going forward, it was really important to do that as well."

Phillips added: "The tunic will come back because so far, Nhan's the only one that's worn them on our ship. She wore the blue Disco one, which turned out really cool. But yeah, our intention is definitely to do them for both men and women."

Phillips previously discussed with Digital Spy the gender neutral Discovery uniforms, saying that she wanted to empower the women on the show.

"We wanted to have something that was non-binary and that was open to all, and I think we've done that," she said last month. "There will be a few other surprises coming up down the road, where we've sort of incorporated and taken that further."

She added of the Discovery uniforms: "I was more conscious of the sexualisation of women, and that's where I was more focused at the time and wanting to come up with something that was less sexist.

"But coming up with something that was less sexist led to non-binary uniforms, which I think ended up being great."

Star Trek: Discovery airs on CBS All Access in the US and Netflix internationally, including the UK.

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