Seinfeld's "Puffy Shirt"

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
shirt
user
Seinfeld, Jerry
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 35 in x 20 in; 88.9 cm x 50.8 cm
ID Number
2004.0245.01
accession number
2004.0245
catalog number
2004.0245.01
subject
Clothing & Accessories
Popular Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
Television
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
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
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

Visitor Comments

11/24/2015 1:47:33 AM
Julian
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 It was originally made by a downtown LA clothing company called H2O.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.
2/5/2016 11:12:55 AM
Melodie Sweeney
Thank you for passing on this information--this is great to have for the research files and . I appreciate you taking the time to share this information with us.
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