Virginia Postrel: The Glamour of Star Trek

Star Trek’s allure may be lost on fashionistas, but for the right audience, the show’s distant and idealized universe offers it own glamour, arising from the graceful, mysterious setting: a future where today’s conflicts and frustrations have disappeared. … Like studio-era movies, this fictional setting addresses not one but many different kinds of desire. It offers the obvious allure of adventure and exploration, along with Star Trek’s famously inclusive vision of “infinite diversity in infinite combinations.” But many fans cite another, less remarked-upon appeal, analogous to the glamorous portrayal of married affection in old movies: the idea of a highly functional, meritocratic workplace where ‘everyone has a role, and is important.’

– Virginia Postrel, The Power of Glamour, p. 40