March on Washington: What They Wore

(The Root) — The 1963 March on Washington attendees and supporters were a fly bunch. Here's how they sartorially represented civil rights.

Hipster Chic

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Playwright James Baldwin, center, and friends attend a pro-March on Washington event in Paris, August 1963. Baldwin also joined the marchers in Washington.

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Church Fascinators

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Members of the Carmel Presbyterian Church donate money for the 1963 March on Washington.

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Righteous Buttons

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Civil rights campaigner Karen House holds up "March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom" buttons.

Flowy Dresses

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Women at the March on Washington wore their finest threads.

Side Sweeps and Bump-Unders

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March on Washington attendees gathered with their hair laid.

Sharp Suits

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These notable civil rights leaders — among them, from left, the National Urban League's Whitney Young, the NAACP's Roy Wilkins, March on Washington organizer A. Philip Randolph, labor leader Walter Reuther and march planner Arnold Aronson — were spruced in three-piece ensembles.

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All About the Brim

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American singer Marian Anderson, wearing a dapper headdress, performs during the gathering.

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Funky Frames

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Actress Lena Horne dons cat-eye frames at the March on Washington.

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Lena Horne, right, speaking with NBC reporter Nancy Dickerson, slays in a bonnet and gloves.

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A-List Threads

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