Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Gil Gerard as Buck Rogers Season 2 Flightsuit

original movie costume

This blue Season 2 flightsuit was custom-made for wear by Gil Gerard as title character "Buck," and deliberately distressed for wear in the 2-part season opener, "Time of the Hawk." Unlike the white flightsuits & Starfighter uniforms worn throughout Season 1, Buck is the only character to wear this style of uniform, and "Time of the Hawk" is the only episode in which it's distressed in these areas. 

 

I'm not sure whether they tried to wash or dry-clean the distressing out and failed, or whether the blue dye they used was fugitive in natural fibers under whatever storage conditions this uniform underwent; but, the blue has mostly faded from the white natural fibers of the zipper areas, while remaining fully intact in the artificial fiber body of the flightsuit.  There are areas inside where the blue remains intact, where parts of the natural fiber zipper backing were insulated on one side; but on the outside the blue is only faintly discernible in the zipper areas.  The discoloration from intentional distressing remains throughout, but fabric integrity is unaffected. 

 

Threads along the crotch seam have separated along a ~1-inch area, where there appears to be a field repair using thicker looser stitches, and there are similar thread separations at the under-armpit seams--evidence of extensive use in the field during filming of this key episode, and indeed under-arm seam splits are visible onscreen when Buck climbs rocks.  [Buck nearly does the splits several times in this episode while carrying Koori (Barbara Luna), fighting with Hawk (Thom Christopher), and climbing rocks, deep in the backlot, so this is understandable.]  At some point, the uniform was de-patched of the Earth Directorate patch formerly on its right sleeve, although its outline remains, as do white threads along its border.

 

This flightsuit comes with a 1990s-era COA from "Whiz-Bang," a dealer in toys and vintage collectibles at that time.  I obtained it around 2005 or so, and it's been a proud member of my collection since.

costume: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: costumes/wardrobe
celebrity: Gil Gerard (7)
original (3)  |  replica (4)
movie: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV) (1979)
original (22)  |  replica (12)
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