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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Seinfeld, Jerry
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fabric (overall material)
overall: 35 in x 20 in; 88.9 cm x 50.8 cm
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Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc.
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


I love this shirt! My high school football team are the Myrtle Beach Seahawks (SC). I graduated in '71 but I will ALWAYS be a pirate!
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 It was originally made by a downtown LA clothing company called H2O.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.
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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