Hat that caused stir at ‘62 race fondly remembered
FIFTY-ONE years ago school teacher Lesley-Ann Ewan featured in newspaper photographs all over South Africa, sporting her home-made hat at the 1962 Durban July.
It was made of silver paper with ostrich feathers.
“My aunt phoned my mother, saying, ‘your daughter is making a spectacle of our whole family.
‘She is wearing a ridiculous hat at the races’.
“My mother asked her, ‘well who does she take after?’ My aunt slammed down the phone.”
The two sisters did not get along well, jokes Ewan, who today returns to Greyville in style, dressed in a hat with spots.
“I think spots are very happy,” Ewan says, browsing through a photo album she has kept of her 1962 experience, which was part of a visit to Durban with three fellow students from the old Grahamstown Teachers’ Training College.
“We came by ship from East London, up on the Sterling and back on the Windsor.”
Later in her life, Ewan studied fashion design part-time, and has been an active maker of clothes.
She has also often dressed up children for functions at several schools she has taught at, most recently Addington Primary where she works once a week.
Since her first Durban July, Ewan has been to three events, once as a waitress in a tent.
One of the old 1962 newspaper articles in her album reflects the year beforehand: “Last year the women mourned South Africa leaving the Commonwealth.
“The year before that Sharpeville killed the great fashion hit parade stone dead.”
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