Dressing for Success
Costume creates an image, a way to visually communicate
much about a character, including personality and function. Troi's
costumes, until the seventh season of Star Trek: The Next Generation,
reveal more shape and skin than other crew members' costumes. Her
civilian clothing distanced her from authority (plunging necklines left
no room for rank pips) and marked her role as Counselor as different from
all other shipboard roles. They also emphasize her body, displaying
Troi as an object.
To think on...
-What do qualities do the character's dress suggest?
-How does her style of dress compare to the other people
in her environment?