Our crown has already been bought and paid for. All we have to do is wear it.
Even when they share common beliefs and/or rituals, each place of worship is as distinctive as the people in attendance. Some church-goers, for example, express their individuality with flamboyant hats. CROWNS: Black Women in Church Hats, is a book-length pictorial essay about African-American women of all denominations for whom church hats are a “convergence of faith and fashion that keeps the Sabbath both holy and glamorous.” (Read an excerpt here, or better yet, treat yourself to a copy.)
On Sunday afternoon, I went with a friend to see the theatre production of CROWNS at the Pasadena Playhouse. What a treat! As the play unfolded, six “hat queens” stitched together their unique stories with headwear and jazz-tinged gospel music.
Here, a quartet of stylish Red Hat Society members wait for the theatre doors to open.
And here I am, wearing a millinery confection designed by the Queen of Hattitude herself, Louise Greene. The photographer’s hands were a little shaky, so the bouquet of flowers on the brim dissolved into a tangle of spun sugar. But it’s still pretty, n’est-ce pas? (This hat’s one of many gorgeous creations available in the Friends of the Theatre gift shop, by the way.)
Confession time: While I adore the idea of hats, I don’t feel entirely comfortable wearing one. Gotta work on my "hattitude," I guess! How about you? Do you like wearing "crowns"?
Oh, and congratulations, Jody! Vrroom, vrroom, start your engines!