This is one of the two outfits which were worn on screen by Leonard Nimoy in his role as Spock in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) during his conversation with Kirk at the mountainside in the Yosemite National Park.
It consists of a denim jacket with fluorescent green accents and a square shaped hole created in the front for use around a harness and a purple and black Dickie with matching fabric scraps and gray colored scraps.
The large padded neon green portions go from the elbows down to the sleeve. The jacket also has matching pocket flaps, with a corresponding green interior of fleece. It is closured down the front by velcro and a single button at the neck.
For the first scenes, when Kirk (William Shatner) and Spock are talking in a side view, Nimoy stood on a moveable teeter-totter. For the further scenes, the production team installed a pole at the fake rock wall made of fiberglass, attached one end to a body suit Nimoy was wearing under the outfit and moved the pole up and down. The costume shown here was used for this scene.
Nilo Rodis-Jamero was the leading artist for the costumes used in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. He worked at ILM in the 1980s. He served as a visual effects art director on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. He is credited as the designer of the popular Klingon Bird of Prey first seen in Star Trek III. He went on to work as a costume designer for Return of the Jedi and as an art director on Star Trek IV, V and VI. When William Shatner saw the detail that Rodis put into his storyboards for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, he hired him as a costume designer. He shared those duties with Dodie Shepard.
Screen matched costume
Usually it is a lot of work, but sometimes you’re just lucky and able to find enough small details for a comparison between your item and the one on screen. When I had a look at the back side of Spock’s Denim jacket I was more than thrilled about all the recognizable areas of the fabric, which are absolutely unique – just like a human finger print. For a clearly screenmatch you can compare the photo of the jacket (left) with a screencap from the movie below.
Screencaps: Trekcore.com / © CBS Studios Inc. , Paramount Pictures