Aretha Franklin’s Hat Goes Smithsonian

aretha franklin hat Aretha Franklins Hat Goes Smithsonian

The legendary hat worn by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, when she performed “My Country Tis of Thee”  in President Obama’s Swearing In Ceremony is still the talk of the town.  Following Michelle Obama’s Jason Wu gown, the outrageously fabulous head piece is requested by the Smithsonian to be displayed as a part of the Obama Inaugural Exhibit.

However, Miss Aretha is still reluctant to give the hat away, as she said in an interview:

“I am considering it. It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history.  I would like to smile every time I look back at it and remember what a great moment it was in American and African-American history. Ten cheers for President Obama.”

The hat was created by Luke Song, and actually the gigantic bow came from another hat.  Aretha walked into his shop, and told Mr. Song to “put that bow from that hat on this hat”.  The bow is bedazzled with Swarovski rhinestones.  Just FYI, Aretha-inspired hats have been high in demand since the swearing-in ceremony, but Mr. Song told his customers that Aretha’s was an exclusive design, therefore his customers have to settle for other materials and *cough* smaller-sized bows.  Amazingly, the customers agree!

Our question is:  should Aretha Franklin give up her hat to the museum? Any thoughts, people?


 Aretha Franklins Hat Goes Smithsonian
Ashlee Vensel is a freelance writer born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After getting a degree in English at UCLA she immediately began work as a freelance writer and moved to Denver, Colorado. Though she enjoys the Rocky Mountains, she plans to move back home soon.

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