Robert Blackman

Costume Designer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his two-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Robert Blackman talks about his early interest in costume design. He details his long and successful stint as costume designer for Star Trek: The Next Generation, where his first order of business was to redesign the Starfleet uniforms. He speaks of the many costume design challenges for that show, including budget constraints, fabrics used, designing for various kinds of life-forms and aliens, and dealing with fans of the original series. Blackman outlines his work on other Star Trek projects including Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, as well as working on the "Star Trek" feature films. He concludes by recounting the ways he thinks the industry has changed since he started, sharing future plans, and offering advice to aspiring costume designers. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview on December 9, 2009 at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, CA.

"I get my inspiration for costume design from the text, from the words the writers write."

Highlights
Robert Blackman on the "Picard maneuver" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:07
Robert Blackman on the costume for "Q" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
00:57
Robert Blackman on his favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation costumes
01:52
Robert Blackman on Jeri Ryan's Star Trek: Voyager  costume
02:46
Robert Blackman on designing costumes for Star Trek: Enterprise
08:15
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on television he watched as a child; on being in the drama department in high school
14:49
On getting into television; on coming to work on Star Trek: The Next Generation; on redesigning the Starfleet uniforms on Star Trek: The Next Generation
20:57
On the "Picard maneuver" on Star Trek: The Next Generation; on the challenges of doing a weekly series that takes place in the 24th Century; on his costume design staff on Star Trek: The Next Generation
11:20
On doing costume design for the aliens on Star Trek: The Next Generation; on the fabrics they used for Star Trek: The Next Generation; on the budget constraints for costumes for the show

Chapter 2

On designing costumes for the Andorians, Klingons and Vulcans for Star Trek: The Next Generation; on the color palette used on the show; on designing costumes for specific episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
16:19
On the costumes for "Q" and "Guinan" on Star Trek: The Next Generation; on the costume designs for specific episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation; on his favorite costumes for the show
13:17
On the process of costume designing for Star Trek: The Next Generation; on Jeri Ryan's costume for Star Trek: Voyager; on costume designs that didn't work for the show
15:30
On winning an Emmy for Star Trek: The Next Generation; on the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation
07:30
On costume design for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
06:11

Chapter 3

On the comedic aspects of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; on costume design for Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise
15:16
On costume design for the "Star Trek" feature films and for American Gladiators
08:29
On where he gets inspiration for costumes; on the kinds of projects he wishes to do in the then-future; on advice to aspiring costume designers and how he'd like to be remembered
08:43
Shows

American Gladiators

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Robert Blackman on designing costumes for American Gladiators
04:44

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Robert Blackman on winning Emmys for Star Trek: The Next Generation
02:02

Star Trek

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Robert Blackman on designing costumes for Star Trek: Enterprise
08:15
Robert Blackman on designing costumes for the "Star Trek" feature films
02:58
Robert Blackman on the legacy of Star Trek
00:42

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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Robert Blackman on costume design for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
06:11
Robert Blackman on the comedic aspects of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the evolution of the Klingons
02:28

Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Robert Blackman on getting the job as costume designer on Star Trek: The Next Generation
03:29
Robert Blackman on making the transition to costuming designing for Star Trek: The Next Generation and dealing with the costume design from the original series
01:42
Robert Blackman on redesigning the Star Trek: The Next Generation uniforms in season three
04:59
Robert Blackman on working with Gene Roddenberry on Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:31
Robert Blackman on the challenges of redesigning the Starfleet uniforms on Star Trek: The Next Generation
04:07
Robert Blackman on the "Picard maneuver" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:07
Robert Blackman on the challenges of doing a weekly series that takes place in the 24th Century
06:33
Robert Blackman on his costume design staff on Star Trek: The Next Generation
03:39
Robert Blackman on designing costumes for alien characters on Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:12
Robert Blackman on his process of designing a costume for a character on Star Trek: The Next Generation
02:05
Robert Blackman on the fabrics they used for the costumes on Star Trek: The Next Generation
04:51
Robert Blackman on the budget constraints of costume designing for Star Trek: The Next Generation
02:12
Robert Blackman on designing the costumes for the Andorians on Star Trek: The Next Generation
02:39
Robert Blackman on designing the costumes for the Vulcans and the Klingons on Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:59
Robert Blackman on designing the costumes for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Hollow Pursuits"
02:29
Robert Blackman on the color palette of the costumes on Star Trek: The Next Generation 
03:39
Robert Blackman on designing costumes for specific episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
05:34
Robert Blackman on the costume for "Q" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
00:57
Robert Blackman on the costume of the character "Guinan" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:32
Robert Blackman on the costume design for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unification"
02:24
Robert Blackman on costume design for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Perfect Mate"
02:38
Robert Blackman on the reactions to his Star Trek: The Next Generation costumes
01:22
Robert Blackman on costume design for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "A Fistful of Datas"
01:17
Robert Blackman on costume design for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Times Era"
01:13
Robert Blackman on his favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation costumes
01:52
Robert Blackman on the process of designing costumes for Star Trek: The Next Generation and working with producer Rick Berman
08:32
Robert Blackman on costuming ideas that didn't work for Star Trek: The Next Generation
04:11
Robert Blackman on winning Emmys for Star Trek: The Next Generation
02:02
Robert Blackman on the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation
04:49

Star Trek: Voyager

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Robert Blackman on Jeri Ryan's Star Trek: Voyager  costume
02:46
Robert Blackman on designing costumes for Star Trek: Voyager
04:32
Topics

Advice

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Robert Blackman on advice to an aspiring costume designer
01:16

Characters & Catchphrases

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Robert Blackman on the "Picard maneuver" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:07

Emmy Awards

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 Robert Blackman on winning Emmys for Star Trek: The Next Generation
02:02

Pop Culture

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Robert Blackman on the "Picard maneuver" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:07

Television Industry

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Robert Blackman on advice to an aspiring costume designer
01:16
Robert Blackman on how the television business has changed since he started
01:06
Professions

Costume Designer

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Robert Blackman on the fabrics they used for the costumes on Star Trek: The Next Generation
04:51
Robert Blackman on the budget constraints of costume designing for Star Trek: The Next Generation
02:12
Robert Blackman on the process of designing costumes for Star Trek: The Next Generation  and working with producer Rick Berman
08:32
Robert Blackman on where he gets the inspiration for his costumes
00:31
Robert Blackman on advice to an aspiring costume designer
01:16

Designers

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Robert Blackman on the fabrics they used for the costumes on Star Trek: The Next Generation
04:51
Robert Blackman on the budget constraints of costume designing for Star Trek: The Next Generation
02:12
Robert Blackman on the process of designing costumes for Star Trek: The Next Generation  and working with producer Rick Berman
08:32
Robert Blackman on where he gets the inspiration for his costumes
00:31
Robert Blackman on advice to an aspiring costume designer
01:16
Genres

Sci-Fi/Supernatural Series

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Robert Blackman on costume designing for Star Trek: The Next Generation (Part 1)
37:32
Robert Blackman on costume designing for Star Trek: The Next Generation  (Part 2)
51:59
Robert Blackman on costume designing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
06:11
Robert Blackman on costume designing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise
15:16
People

Rick Berman

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Robert Blackman on the process of designing costumes for Star Trek: The Next Generation  and working with producer Rick Berman
08:32
Robert Blackman on the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Rick Berman
04:50

LeVar Burton

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Robert Blackman on the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation: LeVar Burton
04:50

Denise Crosby

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Robert Blackman on the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Denise Crosby
04:50

Michael Dorn

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Robert Blackman on the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Michael Dorn
04:50

Jonathan Frakes

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Robert Blackman on the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Jonathan Frakes
04:50

Whoopi Goldberg

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Robert Blackman on the costume of the character "Guinan" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:32
Robert Blackman on the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Whoopi Goldberg
04:50

John de Lancie

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Robert Blackman on the costume for "Q" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
00:57

Gates McFadden

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Robert Blackman on the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Gates McFadden
04:50

Michael Piller

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Robert Blackman on the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation:  Michael Piller
04:50

Gene Roddenberry

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Robert Blackman on working with Gene Roddenberry on Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:31

Jeri Ryan

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Robert Blackman on Jeri Ryan's Star Trek: Voyager  costume
02:46

Brent Spiner

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Robert Blackman on the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Brent Spiner
04:50

Patrick Stewart

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Robert Blackman on the "Picard maneuver" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:07
Robert Blackman on the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Patrick Stewart
04:50

Wil Wheaton

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Robert Blackman on the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation:  Wil Wheaton
04:50

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