In this 1968 portrait, Aretha Franklin sports a then fashion-forward afro, glamorous fur stole and embellished gown.
“The bigger, the better” became Aretha Franklin’s fashion motto in the ’90s. The talented singer and pianist gravitated to ornate and over-the-top details to make a statement.
Even today Aretha Franklin never misses an opportunity to wrap herself in fur. Here, she dons a long mink with matching headscarf during a tree lighting performance at the Rockefeller Center.
Aretha Franklin brings back the chic chapeau, one that caused a fashion frenzy at Barack Obama’s inauguration –– a Swarovski crystal-bedazzled wool hat with a large bow hand molded especially for her by a Detroit milliner.
At the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival, Franklin sparkled on stage in a green caftan with silver sequin embellishments while singing “Chain of Fools.”