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The Lost Shirt

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How much do you love The Shirt? Would you buy it for four years straight, as most Notre Dame students do? Would you buy one for every year you come to a football game, as many fans do? Would you hunt down each one in The Shirt’s 25-year history?

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Former campus security officer Kyle Hall would. He’s managed to collect all but the 1991 and 1996 versions of The Shirt, and for reasonable prices, he says.…

What about the color?

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The first major decision The Shirt Project executive committee makes is what color the next year’s Shirt will be. These days, we choose the vendor, then the color, then the design, but in the past, choosing the color often came well after the committee members had developed the design.

A great example is The Shirt 1998. I found multiple color variations in our closet in LaFortune Student Center, the room where we keep old materials — and a few old Shirts! — from our 25-year history. Did you see it on Instagram

The Shirt that might have been...

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If you follow The Shirt on Instagram (@theshirtnd), you got a peek yesterday at the designs that might have been—when the Irish hit their hot streak in 2012, designers for The Shirt 2013 began thinking of what they would do to celebrate a potential championship season in the midst of their work for the next year’s Shirt. 

The Vendor: Alta Gracia

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2014 will mark the third consecutive year that The Shirt Project has worked with Alta Gracia to produce the single highest-selling item of collegiate apparel in the nation. Here’s how this three-year stretch came about...

The Early Years of The Shirt

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John Hosinski ’96, a history graduate, former resident of Grace Hall and uncle to a current member of The Shirt Project Executive Committee, wrote to us about his experience with some of the first Shirts ever made.

Behind-the-Scenes: The Shirt 2004

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These days, the process of designing The Shirt spans from November to February. Vendors apply for The Shirt contract in November; we choose a vendor before Thanksgiving and a color before Christmas; we finalize the design in January and February and begin to see prints of it by February and March. 

That’s not the way it always was.

Want to Win The Shirt 2014?

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The Shirt Project is thrilled to let you blog readers in on an exciting announcement! Next Monday (February 10), we’re launching a scavenger hunt that will take you all across campus or our social media and through all kind of fun facts about The Shirt.

For students, the prize is a 2014 Shirt, VIP seating for the Unveiling and a $50 gift card to the Bookstore. For everyone else, the prize is a free 2014 Shirt.…

Unity, Family and The Shirt

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“The Shirt Project shall endeavor to promote unity…” begins our team’s mission statement. Unity, or perhaps by another name, family.

Meet the Markleys.

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Brian, Cathy and their four daughters, Katelyn, Emily, Brianna and Sarah Mae, hail from Broomall, Pennsylvania. Brian Markley says love for Notre Dame has been completely integrated into his family’s life since he attended the University and graduated in 1993.…

Announcing The Shirt's 25th Anniversary

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Welcome to The Shirt Project Blog! We on the Executive Committee are thrilled to unveil The Shirt’s new blog and for our inaugural post, an announcement about the 25th Anniversary and the story behind the 25th Anniversary logo for this year’s Shirt.

The Shirt 2014 will mark The Shirt Project’s 25th year and 26th shirt. Two shirts in 1990—one green, one navy—made waves with the student body. When sales of The Shirt 1990 far exceeded expectations, former vice president of student affairs Sister Jean Lenz and former director of student activities Joe Cassidy created the “T-shirt for the Cause.”…