This Is the World’s Favorite Cosby Sweater

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July 15 2013 12:42 PM

This Is the World’s Favorite Cosby Sweater

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Bill Cosby

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For the last few months, Bill Cosby has been running an election of sorts on his website, encouraging fans to vote for their favorite Cosby sweater. Today, he announced the results in a somewhat rambling video, in which he thanks everyone for their enthusiasm, and also gives a little background on the sartorial phenomenon he accidentally created on his hit 1980s sitcom, The Cosby Show.

Even though his character, Heathcliff Huxtable, was a doctor, he wanted him to look comfortable, Cosby says—like Perry Como, he adds, who “just looked very comfortable” in his trademark cardigans. “When we got into geometric patterns,” though, Cosby explains, they “became art,” thanks to Koos van den Akker, the Dutch-born, Paris-trained designer responsible for the Cosby Sweater’s golden age. After “a run of being the all-time ugly things on Earth,” Cosby says, the items became the objects of many fans’ affections.

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You can see the winning sweater at the top of this post, but you’ll want to watch the clips in the video to see the track-meet-inspired get-up in all its glory. And, in case you’re curious, the runner-up—a more classic, geometrical number, but with some eye-catching 3-D add-ons—is below.

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Bill Cosby

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