My Favorite Mistake: Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin on the hat that created a worldwide sensation.
Three years ago I looked everywhere for a hat to wear to President Obama's inauguration. I was so excited to sing, because it was such an important moment for our country. It had to match my collarless and double-breasted coat, similar to some of the coats that Jackie O. used to wear. It had to be just the right chapeau. I talked to all the houses in Europe in my search for the perfect accessory. I compared the hat selections of Lanvin, Dior, and Chanel from Paris. I even considered ones from Milan, and I just didn't see what I was looking for.
I looked and looked and was beginning to think that I'd never find a hat that would be just right. Finally, I went to one of the local dealers in Detroit, Mr Song Millinery, and I saw it. I said, "That's the hat that I want!" They had to work on it a little bit, because I wanted it edged in tiny rhinestones. And the bow was on the left side, but I wanted it on the right. I have a favorite side, and the right side is my favorite. I just think it photographs better. …