It all started with a gift from a friend.
In the 1980s, actress and singer Josephine Premice was well-aware of fashion designer Koos van den Akker’s eye-catching work and asked whether he could make a sweater for one of her friends, Bill Cosby.
Van den Akker delivered a sweater to the studio where Cosby was working on his NBC sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” early on in its eight-season run. Cosby loved the sweater so much, he wore it when he portrayed Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the show.
Fans began writing in, asking where Cosby got the sweater, van den Akker recalled. “So we made a bunch of them, and it’s history.”
“Cosby sweaters,” with their unique, bold mix of colors, became a fixture on the beloved series, which began 30 years ago this week.
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