Sixteen pleat Bowies


I was at a ‘Futurist’/New Romantic party out on the London/Essex borders in the spring of 1981 when I first saw somebody walk in with sixteen pleat Bowies. I had to rub my eyes in disbelief. Thought he was going to take off – they were enormous. In the back of the NME, you could buy these crazy trousers for about £17 and there was the option to go 20 pleat or even 24 pleat. Does anybody actually remember seeing or wearing these things and is it true that they got you beaten up?

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