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Epic sweaters from “The Cosby Show”

Incredible patterns: illustrator Kelly Tucker re-designed all the graphic designs from "The Cosby Show"

They are part of history. Indeed television’s history. Sweaters with impossible patterns that Bill Cosby wore when he played Dr. Robinson in the very famous 80s series by the same name. Anyone who has lived in those years remembers it vividly. It wasn’t just Bill Cosby who wore those pullovers, as also the other members of the family enjoyed dressing in the same way.

Season 2, Episode 16: “The Dentist”

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Season 4, Episode 5: “Shakespeare”

Season 3, Episode 10: “A Girl and Her Dog”

The American illustrator, Kelly Tucker loves so much those sweaters that she thought of creating around them a project of television archaeology: The Cosby Sweater Project. Basically, she draws in two-dimensions the patterns of the most beautiful sweaters used by Robinson, accurately indicates the season and number, as well as the title and synopsis of the episode where you can admire the works of art. The result is a succession of squares, diamonds, stripes, waves, in every colour and size.

It seems that everything started with a gift. The actress and singer Josephine Premice gave the first sweater to Cosby. She had it custom-designed by a fashion designer who love images and bold colour combinations: Koos van den Akker. Cosby loved so much the gift that he wore it during the filming of an episode of The Robinson Show and asked Koos to design more for him. The rest is history. Indeed, sorry, History.

Alessandro Di Giacomo
Archivio 2016