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12. It was a huge hit in the UK and it helped the man who created it get loads of orders from there!
Edited on Fri Jan-30-09 05:07 PM by 1776Forever
Making him one happy "mad" hatter!


We make the world's best hats, so why don't we wear them?
British women should emulate Aretha Franklin and don magnificent head-gear, says Vicki Woods.
By Vicki Woods
23 Jan 2009

Following the Inauguration of Hope and Rapture, my friend in Oxford emailed: "Singular absence of hats only Aretha Franklin. Why would that be?" In haste, I replied: "Singular absence of milliners/Ascot/royal funerals. Americans aren't hatty people." Which they aren't, in general: Laura Bush, on protocol duty for the Queen Mother's funeral, very properly wore a hat, but it was a schoolgirl Gigi straw boater jammed on her head, and deeply unflattering.

I'd forgotten there is a demographic of hatty people in America millions strong. The matriarchs who pack out the gospel churches always wear the full fig (hats, gloves, best coats). And, of course, it was a church hat Franklin wore, out of R-E-S-P-E-C-T for a pretty churchy occasion.

So, I was wrong about the absence of milliners. The Queen of Soul is from Detroit; and so is her hatter Luke Song, who runs the business (started by his Korean-immigrant mother) for a clientele of "90 per cent churchgoing African-American women". He made Aretha's grey felt cloche with the hugely oversized bow for about $400 (290); I thought she looked fabulous in it and I wasn't alone. Almost as soon as My Country 'Tis of Thee died away, Song was hit by a Diana wedding-dress-style tsunami and he's rushing out lookalikes (for $179) and buying up all the felt he can find. He told the Detroit Free Press that, "people are calling from England, asking for the hat, I'm shocked".


Now that is really good news for the happy "hatter" of Detroit!
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  -Smithsonian asks for Aretha's hat. Yes, *that* hat Robbien  Jan-30-09 04:19 PM   #0 
  - 'Twas gorgeous. I hope she does give it to the Smithsonian, but I can understand wanting to keep it.  ogneopasno   Jan-30-09 04:22 PM   #1 
  - It's an outstanding hat  eleny   Jan-30-09 04:28 PM   #3 
     - It is indeed (pic of designer and Aretha) ...  ColbertWatcher   Jan-30-09 11:16 PM   #42 
        - See how it doesn't work on the smaller mannequin head  eleny   Jan-30-09 11:34 PM   #46 
           - And gloves, LOL. I wore white gloves to my job interviews. And I still have my black leather opera  No Elephants   Jan-30-09 11:37 PM   #47 
           - Yes!  eleny   Jan-30-09 11:50 PM   #49 
           - The one on the mannequin has a different bow, too.  No Elephants   Jan-31-09 04:14 AM   #52 
              - It appears that the lower bow loop is smaller  eleny   Jan-31-09 11:52 AM   #63 
  - I should think so.  aquart   Jan-30-09 04:26 PM   #2 
  - She should give it up. Belongs to America now. Thanks Aretha.  Piewhacket   Jan-30-09 04:33 PM   #4 
  - huh? It's hers.  eowyn_of_rohan   Jan-30-09 09:28 PM   #36 
     - Hers? My dear eowyn, what do you think it means to "own" something?  Piewhacket   Jan-31-09 10:04 AM   #61 
        - I think it means it is yours until you give it to someone, it is taken from you, or you die.  eowyn_of_rohan   Jan-31-09 10:37 AM   #62 
           - I think it is an interesting notion...  Piewhacket   Jan-31-09 03:32 PM   #68 
              - No, I'm a fan of the "her property is hers" school of thought myself  Posteritatis   Jan-31-09 04:15 PM   #70 
              - Are you sure that's a school "of thought"?  Piewhacket   Jan-31-09 08:03 PM   #75 
              - By your line of thinking, do we own Sasha and Malia, too?  eowyn_of_rohan   Jan-31-09 07:57 PM   #74 
                 - By your reasoning, does everyone "own" their children?  Piewhacket   Jan-31-09 09:56 PM   #76 
  - Maybe she could give it to them at a later date.  marauding liberal   Jan-30-09 04:33 PM   #5 
  - Wonderful! And I hope they ask for Laura's outfits for their drapery and upholstery exhibit.  Rabrrrrrr   Jan-30-09 04:34 PM   #6 
  - (rimshot)  Robb   Jan-30-09 05:16 PM   #15 
  - My partner says I am one of those rare queers that didn't get the 'fashion gene',  jhrobbins   Jan-30-09 04:35 PM   #7 
  - You were right; they were wrong. FGMA. Howl at them now. When people are  No Elephants   Jan-30-09 11:34 PM   #45 
  - That Hat belongs on permanent display, right next to Indiana Jones' fedora.  sarge43   Jan-30-09 04:45 PM   #8 
  - that's a great hat  maxsolomon   Jan-30-09 04:46 PM   #9 
  - It could be 'on loan'  xxqqqzme   Jan-30-09 04:48 PM   #10 
  - Aretha's hat picspam  Sultana   Jan-30-09 04:57 PM   #11 
  - ROFL, love it, thanks!  Jefferson23   Jan-30-09 05:26 PM   #17 
  - You're welcome  Sultana   Jan-31-09 10:12 PM   #77 
  - LOL  Raine   Jan-30-09 06:54 PM   #26 
  - Those are awesome! n/t  ColbertWatcher   Jan-30-09 11:14 PM   #40 
  - fantastic. Thanks.  No Elephants   Jan-30-09 11:29 PM   #44 
  - lol Brilliant.  JNelson6563   Jan-31-09 06:07 AM   #55 
  - Too funny!!! :)  bermudat   Jan-31-09 06:11 PM   #73 
  - It was a huge hit in the UK and it helped the man who created it get loads of orders from there!  1776Forever   Jan-30-09 05:05 PM   #12 
  - uh instead of  Froward69   Jan-30-09 05:05 PM   #13 
  - What, they need it to patch a roof?  damntexdem   Jan-30-09 05:08 PM   #14 
  - Except for that unfortunate pause between 'count' and 'ry'  AwakeAtLast   Jan-30-09 06:10 PM   #21 
     - ya know, i was 100% conviced that i was the only one that noticed that.  yodermon   Jan-30-09 07:37 PM   #28 
     - Bob & Tom have the audio clip on demand  AwakeAtLast   Jan-30-09 09:43 PM   #38 
     - LOL  JVS   Jan-31-09 06:48 AM   #57 
  - it was a truly gorgeous hat.  La Lioness Priyanka   Jan-30-09 05:17 PM   #16 
  - I understand the Smithsonian also wants Sen, David Vitter's Diapers  SpiralHawk   Jan-31-09 07:26 AM   #59 
  - A good pick for the artifact archives --  elfin   Jan-30-09 05:30 PM   #18 
  - Exactly right. I thought it was quite appropriate for the occasion and  Arkansas Granny   Jan-30-09 06:50 PM   #25 
  - Exactly, elfin.  sarge43   Jan-31-09 08:42 AM   #60 
  - As my family says . . Reefa wore the shit outta that hat!  scytherius   Jan-30-09 05:56 PM   #19 
  - A true crowning achievement  downstairsparts   Jan-30-09 06:07 PM   #20 
  - On a DN! episode there was adiscussion about those hats.  bluesmail   Jan-30-09 06:29 PM   #22 
  - Just google Church Crowns. A mess of information about them, including books.  sarge43   Jan-31-09 07:04 AM   #58 
  - De-lurking because I couldn't resist.  Pab Sungenis   Jan-30-09 06:31 PM   #23 
  - Her Majesty! Well done! n/t  ColbertWatcher   Jan-30-09 11:15 PM   #41 
  - Have a duplicate made.  truthisfreedom   Jan-30-09 06:37 PM   #24 
  - I second that.  Why Syzygy   Jan-30-09 08:09 PM   #30 
  - That's awesome.  stevedeshazer   Jan-30-09 07:22 PM   #27 
  - When she walked out in that hat......  llmart   Jan-30-09 07:50 PM   #29 
  - LOL! I said the same: "Honey, with voice like that you can wear any damned hat you please!"  CLW   Jan-30-09 11:03 PM   #39 
     - Yep.  llmart   Jan-31-09 12:27 PM   #65 
  - I have to say I have had a lot of fun photoshopping that hat...  doxieone   Jan-30-09 08:32 PM   #31 
  - Those are great, I love that you have Dr. Colbert in there, too! n/t  ColbertWatcher   Jan-30-09 11:22 PM   #43 
  - Thanks.... Initially I had some reservations using...  doxieone   Jan-31-09 12:10 PM   #64 
     - It's amazing what people will believe! Great photos! n/t  ColbertWatcher   Jan-31-09 03:48 PM   #69 
  - Love it  Raine   Jan-31-09 03:14 AM   #51 
  - XD  AyanEva   Jan-30-09 08:41 PM   #32 
  - I hope she gives it to them  Mari333   Jan-30-09 08:45 PM   #33 
  - great photoshop...  awoke_in_2003   Jan-30-09 08:55 PM   #34 
  - heh i stole it from someone else... nt  Mari333   Jan-30-09 09:26 PM   #35 
     - Aren't the intertubes great? nt  awoke_in_2003   Jan-30-09 09:38 PM   #37 
  - That's a keeper. A picture is worth ..... n/t  sarge43   Jan-31-09 06:18 AM   #56 
  - Whatever she does, I'd be happy with her choice.  fortyfeetunder   Jan-30-09 11:50 PM   #48 
  - Am i the only one who thought she was awful?  benh57   Jan-30-09 11:52 PM   #50 
  - I did. She said on Larry King that she is never good in the morning and  No Elephants   Jan-31-09 04:21 AM   #53 
     - I gave her credit for being a national treasure with a fantastic voice  Merlot   Jan-31-09 01:01 PM   #67 
  - Where does the Smithsonian get off asking for Aretha's hat. again?  No Elephants   Jan-31-09 04:27 AM   #54 
  - That hat is part of history  MiniMe   Jan-31-09 04:31 PM   #71 
  - I LOVED that hat - only Arthea could pull that off!  Merlot   Jan-31-09 12:53 PM   #66 
  - If it gets the hat off the street, that's a good thing.  Orsino   Jan-31-09 06:06 PM   #72 

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