David Marcus Star Trek Costume Custom Mannequin

A custom mannequin for a Star Trek costume from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

If you haven’t seen Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, first off, we’re ashamed of you, but secondly, be careful because spoilers are to come! This Star Trek costume was worn by  actor Merritt Butrick in his portrayal of David Marcus. In the film we discover to be the son of none other than James T Kirk (William Shatner) – oh the shocking moment that it was!

As with all of our projects we began by discussing their costume display project in detail with the client. We discuss their hopes for the display, how much space they had to devote and their budget, etc. The client also had a large collection of other Star Trek costume displays that they wanted to match in style, so we chose to create minimalistic black, headless mannequin rather than realistic sculpted actors or anything too much like a wax figure. We tend to favor minimal looks on mannequins for simple costumes as it lets the costume stand out in the display.

Like many screen used costumes, this wardrobe was specially made for an actor with a relatively thin build.  To ensure a perfect fit we created a customized body form.  We started with a more standard mold and then modified that to simplify the pose and create the very slim build for a perfect fit.  We worked backwards from the sizing of the costume, to ensure that the mannequin would not just match actor Merritt Butrick’s size at the time of the film, but also nicely support and display the costume for years to come.

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