Smithsonian to Aretha Franklin: Give Us Your Hat!

While women like Michelle Obama gladly make history out of fashion (and fashion history, for that matter), there are some sentimental ladies even the Smithsonian Institution can’t sway.

Ask Aretha Franklin, who helped ring in President Barack Obama’s inauguration by belting a tune for the monumental event. The singer stunned (to say the least) with an elaborate gray hate adorned with Swarovski crystals.

The response has been so great to the bow-topped cap, the Smithsonian kindly asked the soul queen to donate the Luke Song headpiece for their collection (which includes Michelle’s beloved Jason Wu gown).

Franklin has yet to agree.

“I am considering it. It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history,” the iconic singer said in a statement. “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.”

While she may hold the hat hostage out of fondness for the moment in time, she adds, “Ten cheers for Obama!”

But no love, for now, for the Smithsonian.

However, here are a few cool things the Institution already has in it’s stable:

  • An original Kermit the Frog Puppet, made my Jim Hensen himself in 1955.
  • The illustrious Hope Diamond, clocking in at almost 46 karats.
  • A 1960’s original-run bunny uniform from New York City’s Playboy Club.
  • A Babe Ruth-autogrpahed baseball.
  • The first Apple Macintosh personal computer.