In line with Fallon himself, the custom began when a group member wore an unsightly Christmas sweater to a celebration. “We had been simply doing it as a result of it was a sort of [a] enjoyable development,” he tells Vogue. “We had been like, ‘It is a fairly enjoyable factor to only play with the viewers and provides it out to somebody as a giant prize, but it surely’s simply actually an unsightly sweater.’” The idea remodeled right into a full-blown custom—and signature programming—on the present.
The mind behind the sweater development is the present’s costume designer Mario Martines. He and the costume division start planning the sweaters nearly 10 months upfront and work on the items in between making costumes for the present. Inspiration could strike at any second, whether or not Martines is watching an outdated movie or taking a look at a bit of cloth. “I attempt to maintain my thoughts as open as doable initially till I actually lock in what I need them to appear to be,” says Martines. As soon as Martines has an concept, his group trawls material retailers, pet shops, and secondhand outlets to search out supplies.
Building is complicated, since these aren’t your commonplace sweaters. Martines makes use of the instance of the Victorian Portraits sweater, for which he mixed a inexperienced cardigan with leg-of-mutton sleeves fused and a purple sweater. In some instances, they’ve embedded lights which might be operated with a battery pack covertly hidden within a pocket. The Oh! Tanenbaum sweater—a wearable model of a Christmas tree—has garlands of lights sewn into it. “They are surely a bit of artwork,” Martines says.