The first Christmas-themed sweaters appeared in 1950, produced on a large scale and quickly becoming popular, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that the unique garment had a cultural impact, having appeared on various sitcoms. televised.
The “bell sweater” was known as a chic party garment adorned with multiple embellishments and patterns, including candy canes, elves, gifts, garlands, reindeer, Santa Claus, among other decorations.
And while it’s unclear how the popular ugly sweater parties started, giving new meaning and a new excuse to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, the city of Vancouver previously claimed to be the birthplace of the tradition. , hosting the first Original Ugly Christmas Sweater Party in 2002 at the Commodore Ballroom.
The annual event was created by Chris Boyd and Jordan Birch, and they even made sure to drop the phrases “Ugly Christmas Sweater” and “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party”. The duo give back to the community by raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada.
Now the iconic ugly sweater has even made its way into high fashion, besides being included in fast fashion retailers, such as H&M, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, luxury brands like Givenchy and Dolce & Gabbana have also launched. clothing in special collections.