Even if you don’t know Koos Van den Akker’s work you’ve seen it in his longterm friendship with comedian Bill Cosby and his infamous patchwork sweaters. It was Van den Akker’s couture collage and mix and match aesthetic that made the Huxtable’s lovable father so iconic. He works by piecing a melange of texture and pattern into compositions of daring contrast and sublime harmony. Van den Akker’s look was at its height in the 70’s and 80’s but by the 90’s his designs proved to be too extreme for the contemporary minimalist tastes.
His dramatic mix of lines, shapes and forms, often considered foul or grotesque, reflect both an urban and tribal world view where a mix of sights, sounds, and ideas are never as pretty as we’d like them to be.