Aretha Franklin's Inauguration Hat Inspires a Line of Toppers

01/26/2009 at 01:22 PM ET

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Michelle Obama’s look won’t be the only fashion statement to live on past last week’s Inauguration. Selling like hotcakes are $179 versions of Aretha Franklin’s distinctive hat with its Swarovski rhinestone-rimmed bow that the Queen of Soul wore to sing “America” at the swearing-in ceremony. The hat’s designer, Luke Song of Detroit’s Mr. Song Millinery, tells the Los Angeles Times he’s sold thousands since its debut on national TV. While Aretha’s hat was a customized version, Song will be responding to demand by producing a collection of 12 hats in a variety of colors and bow sizes, priced from $150-$220. The Aretha-inspired collection will be shown during February’s Women’s Wear in Nevada trade show in Las Vegas. The company sells its hats in over 500 U.S. stores. and while they usually doesn’t name their toppers, this collection will be named after the singer herself. If you’re dying for a hat like Aretha’s, click over to for contact info. Tell us: Would you wear a hat like Aretha’s?

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nauman on

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tyra on

To blessd2x
Just because someone does not like something, that does not make them a hatger. I have just about quit going to church because of people like you.
YOU have a blessed day and stop judging.

gina on

love you, aretha!

Richard Somerville on

My sister Diva, Ms. Ree,

Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t…especially when they can not and have not! You’ve worn it all and been a vision in most of it.

That HAT… and mind you I saw it LIVE… the first thing I said was..:Work That Mother Loving HAT..

Don’t they know… you’ve been setting trends for a lifetime??

Continue and God Bless!!

Debi on

She looked ridiculous. The hat is just as trashy as the way she sang.

…oh, but that’s right, we have the mutt president, now, and that makes everything okay. How appropriate that someone like her should be in the forefront of his inauguration. She is just as trashy as the bull he’s feeding the world.

Teresa on

I thought it was fabulous! Not everyone can pull off a hat like that, but Aretha did.

M. Maurer on

If I were Aretha, the Smithsonian would get that hat in my WILL. Not before. Loved it – why are so many Americans allergic to a little flash & dash?

Jeff on

Not that she hasn’t had other accomplishments, but Miss Thang really needs to consider her legacy.

That hat will live as long as her music, and may reach more people in the long-run.

But I’d love to know if she gets satellite tv with it.

R Brown on

Queen of Soul……your hat was outstanding as was your beautiful redition of “My Country Tis of Thee”

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