I can picture Aretha now; just saying that she wanted to make a statement at President Obama’s inauguration; just saying that she simply wanted to make her mark on the style and type of hat she chose to wear that day; that she left the house looking her very elegant and impeccable.



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But, I am sure she never thought that the Smithsonian would want her hat as a part of history.

Here’s the 411, from :


Michelle Obama’s now-famous Jason Wu gown isn’t the only piece of Inaugural fashion that is headed for the Smithsonian. The museum is also requesting the now-iconic hat that Aretha Franklin wore while singing at the swearing-in. Aretha, however, is still undecided about parting with her Luke Song-designed hat. “I am considering it. It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history,” says the Queen of Soul. “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.”

And that there are millions of women who want Aretha’s hat: ladies who love fashion, ladies who love hats, and especially you church ladies, well, it certainly is understandable that even the Smithsonian knows an icon when they see one.

And ten cheers for you Aretha, for your forward and beautifully brilliant fashion statement.

Aretha singing, “America: My Country, Tis Of Thee”:


So, readers: do you think Aretha should part with her hat ( she did come up with the unique bow design, after she went through many hats to find the right one), and offer it to the Smithsonian, or, should she keep it?


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  1. Aretha’s hat was truly sharp! But the Smithsonian? C’mon now!!! Pretty obvious that many a fashion expert has never been to “second” Baptist on first Sunday or the Pastor’s Anniversary. lol

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