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I mean, sort of, but both are based on double-breasted tunics of 19th-century military uniforms, which look totally badass and cool (even if the militarism they signify is best left in the past). This deliberate reference is part of the whole “Horatio Hornblower in Space” aesthetic that Meyer—himself a Navy vet—put at the center of Wrath of Khan. Meyer posits that the jackets of kitchen workers, bellhops, and marching bands is merely a tangent branching off from the sartorial tradition of these fine threads.
Oh, I know the intention of the design. The thing is associations change over time. Fedoras and trench coats, for instance, used to be seen as cool guy detective wear. Now trench coats stand for flashers in the beige variety and school shooters for the black. And fedoras… well… google “M’lady”. Those fashions are forever altered. Sure the original context remains. No one thinks Bogart is a dismissive pervert or that Marlon Brando is going to carry your bags to your room. But used in new contexts, they just don’t work. I know, for instance, that Joe Miller wearing a fedora/tribilly in The Expanse made me view the character and his motivations in a different way than the writers wanted me to.
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In the book ‘Night of the Living Trekkies’ character Jim Pike is an employee of the hotel where a star trek convention is taking place. People keep looking at his ‘bellhop uniform’ and think he’s cosplaying the movie universe.
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