'trainspotting' star says the film "basically invented" skinny jeans for men

Now that we think about it, Spud's jeans could almost be Saint Laurent.

by Isabelle Hellyer
19 January 2017, 2:30pm

As the premiere of T2 draws closer, we can't help but reflect on the original film's legacy — though we're not the only ones. When Ewen Bremmer sat down for an interview with Time Out London, conversation turned to a more unexpected (but decidedly influential) detail of the film: the pants the cast wore. Ewen, who has reprised his role as Spud, pointed out costume designer Rachel Fleming helped popularize super-tailored pants for men. 

"Rachel Fleming basically invented skinny jeans for men with Trainspotting," Ewen said. "They didn't exist before! She would take women's jeans and restitch them, or men's jeans and cut them apart and restitch them. That was down to her, that whole movement!" We're not so sure how accurate that claim is (see, oh, The Ramones circa 1975, a solid 20 years before Trainspotting's release), but Spud did wear a particularly tight pair of black trousers. Ewen, with a sly wink at his trendsetting status, teased "I'm looking for a modeling contract right now." 

Read: Trainspotting - where are they now? We take a look at what the main cast of Trainspotting have been up to.

Watch T2's latest trailer here.


Text Isabelle Hellyer
Photography courtesy Miramax © 1996

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