HAGERSTOWN -- Clothes took a back seat to character at Saturday night's History Through Fashion benefit as models stepped into not only the costumes, but the personalities of important figures in black history.
Novelist James Baldwin strolled around with a drink and a cigarette, activist Dorothy Height held her head high in a wide-brimmed red hat and jazz artist Miles Davis mimed playing a trumpet as he slunk across the catwalk at the Best Western Grand Venice Hotel ballroom.
The event was a fundraiser for Friends of the Doleman Black Heritage Museum, a group that is working to open a museum to house a collection of black history artifacts assembled by the late Marguerite Doleman of Hagerstown.
About 30 people attended the $20-per-ticket event.
Before the fashion show, guests had a chance to mingle with the models to try to guess their characters. Some, such as abolitionist John Brown, were guessed by many, while only one person figured out that the model in the pink flapper dress was Madam C.J. Walker, a businesswoman who started a line of hair-care products.