Fashion Flashback: Aretha Franklin

The ESSENCE Music Fest headliner's flamboyant fashion sense has made her a style icon.

Just as Aretha Franklin's powerful voice has made her an original, so has her flamboyant fashion sense — which proved true at EMF when the icon donned a sequin caftan during her performance this weekend.

Throughout her career we've seen the transition — Franklin's sweet '60s style in mod mini skirts and beaded empire waist gowns progressed into the vibrant boho caftans popular in the '70s and then later gave way to over-the-top '80s glam.

Take a look at the icon throughout the years and be inspired by her fierce fashions.

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