Seinfeld's "Puffy Shirt"

On a memorable episode of Seinfeld (NBC, 1989-98), comedian Jerry Seinfeld unwittingly agreed to wear this frilly pirate shirt during an appearance on the Today show.
The hit series, famously described as a show "about nothing," reveled in the absurd situations that emerged from the everyday lives of its four main characters: Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer. The "puffy shirt" episode, originally broadcast September 23, 1993, was written by Seinfeld cocreator Larry David.
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Object Name
Seinfeld, Jerry
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
overall: 35 in x 20 in; 88.9 cm x 50.8 cm
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accession number
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Clothing & Accessories
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
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National Museum of American History
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Visitor Comments

11/24/2015 1:47:33 AM
The "Puffy Shirt" history. It was originally made by a downtown LA clothing company called H2O. It was a copy of Prince's shirt from "Purple Rain" movie. The shirts were made exclusively for a Hollywood Blvd clothing store named Antenna. I sold the shirt to the show stylist for the episode.
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