Bill Cosby's sweaters were pretty much their own characters on The Cosby Show
. And we're not the only ones who feel that way about the comedian's wardrobe – the term "Cosby Sweater" has become (affectionate) slang for any garish knit, and there are entire blogs that lovingly document his Koos Van Den Akker pullovers, like The Cosby Sweater Project
and Huxtable Hotness
, to name a few.
So, we were pretty excited to hear the show's costume designer, Sarah Lemire, finally explain how the Cosby sweater phenomenon began.
“Usually you don’t do close-ups on TV, and that’s why we started using sweaters," Lemire told
. “As our bodies move around, the clothes are going to shift between the first and second take. If you have a jacket on, and the shirt collar’s in one spot, it’s going to slide off a little on one side or the other, or it might do something else that didn’t match...so we just did the sweater thing. I actually sewed his shirts to the sweaters so that nothing moved.”(NBC)
Sadly, the comedian has lost most of his famous knits. "I have no idea what I have,” he told CW
. “I’m married 49 years, and all I know is I have one drawer left, and I don’t know where the rest of my stuff is. I have a feeling, and some people say it sounds cruel, but I have a feeling upon my death, some 20 minutes after, eBay will explode.”
But, while Bill Cosby loved his wacky prints, there was one brand Lamire wouldn't let him wear — Coogi. "My sweaters were busy to a certain point, but it wasn’t to that extreme,” she said. “I still can’t stand those."