If Beads could talk…
As is usual for our September/Spring edition, it’s filled to bursting with All things Bright and Beautiful and a lingering look into the windows of Marco’s Jewellers at Park Lane, Pietermaritzburg provides a visual feast. It’s not only the beautiful adornments on display, it’s the dazzling beadwork that decorates the window display that catches my eye. And here lies a delightful Spring story.
Invited in by the elegant Nicky, I am introduced to Teresa Millin, resident in Howick’s Amberfield, and the retired dress designer responsible for the magnificent bead creations casually draped amongst the jewellery for sale. A most invigorating conversation follows in which I am taken on a personal reminiscence filled with glamorous names, stories of politicking in the 80’s and 90’s, a marriage to a colourful creative, Peter Millin, best known for a long and varied carrer with NAPAC. We touch on matters as personal as childbirth, and weight gain and best of all, detailed descriptives of each piece displayed in the window display. With a long career in Fashion Design which included lecturing, designing and making wedding dresses, dressing the who’s who of particularly Durban cogniscenti for Race Meets, Balls and Cocktail parties (a bygone era says Teresa), it’s easy to believe the glamour she describes. She is still very beautiful, immaculately dressed and groomed, and every inch a lady. The eyes give away an adventurous spirit though, and light up as she describes aspects of her life with Peter and her two boys, and laugh as she gives each beaded piece a story to own.
Do pop in to Marco’s Jewellers, Park Lane, Pietermaritzburg. In the current mode of throwaway fashion it’s a treat to admire “clothing” that is still loved, and brought out to be admired.