Caps for Sale! A Visit with Aretha Franklin's Milliner

Friday, April 30, 2010

Just in time for the Kentucky Derby, we talk to Luke Song, a Detroit milliner who created the infamous crystal studded hat worn by Aretha Franklin at the inauguration of President Obama. The Detroit business-owner tells us a bit about the cultural history of the hat, and why one's personality matters just as much as the size of their crown when choosing the perfect brim for their brow. 

Church ladies, tea ladies and Derby goers have all visited Mr. Song's Millinery for their festive headwear and the milliner shares perspective on his craft and helps Celeste pick out a hat of her own.

 

Celeste tries on hats (slideshow below):

Alex Goldmark, The Takeaway
Celeste tries on one of Luke Song's hats
Alex Goldmark
Another pink option designed by Luke Song.
Alex Goldmark
Baby Blue offers up some shade.
Alex Goldmark
This Luke Song hate offers a more extreme and yet elegant design.
Alex Goldmark
Another angle of the black-and-white feathered hat.

Guests:

Luke Song

Comments [2]

amy trakinski from New York City

Now that you've covered the frivolous side of the Kentucky Derby perhaps you can give some attention to the cruelty to horses inherent in this so-called sport?

Apr. 30 2010 09:35 AM
Jen Poyant

Oh, I love that black hat with the long flowers. Beautiful.

Apr. 30 2010 09:29 AM

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