Respect

FREEDOM

More than a decade before Aretha Franklin performed her smash “Think” on-screen during The Blues Brothers, the song was a Top 10 hit in 1968, released shortly after the assassination

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‘THE ULTIMATE DIVA’

There is no denying the earth-shaking power of Aretha Franklin’s voice, both as a performer and an activist, but the Queen of Soul’s style also played a significant role in

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MONEY BAGS

Respect costume designer Clint Ramos did a deep dive into Aretha Franklin’s style as well as her motivations when refining the wardrobe to be features on screen. One of many

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FORCE OF NATURE

Aretha Franklin was more than an iconic singer – she was also a dedicated civil rights and women’s rights activist whose most well-known songs also became synonymous with these movements.

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SOLID GOLD

“When you see a lot of photographs of Aretha wearing clothing, she’s in control of the clothing,” Respect costume designer Clint Ramos told Harper’s Bazaar of his experience preparing the

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TRUE COLORS

Aretha Franklin was the caliber of artist who influenced both music and style. This made the job of Clint Ramos, costume designer for the 2021 biopic Respect, both daunting and

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QUEEN OF SOUL

Hand-picked by Aretha Franklin to play her in the 2021 biopic Respect, Jennifer Hudson may have been the only performer with the combination of voice and acting chops to play

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‘NATURAL’ BEAUTY

Columbia Records was the first big label to recognize the talent of Aretha Franklin, when the company and legendary music producer John Hammond signed her to a record deal in

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SUNDAY BEST

With a renowned minister for a father and his children – including a young Aretha Franklin – singing like angels in the choir, the Franklin family always had to look

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PREACHER MAN

Dubbed the man with the “Million Dollar Voice,” CL Franklin was a well-known minister, civil rights activist and perhaps best known as the father of the Queen of Soul. Played

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