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 popular 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.

Date Made: 1993

User: Seinfeld, Jerry

Location: Currently not on view

General Subject Association: Television


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Related Publication: Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History, National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition

Credit Line: Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2004.0245.01Accession Number: 2004.0245Catalog Number: 2004.0245.01

Object Name: shirt

Physical Description: fabric (overall material)Measurements: overall: 35 in x 20 in; 88.9 cm x 50.8 cm


Record Id: nmah_1287219

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