The meeting of the Society on 9 April, had a duel purpose of awarding the annual Daphne Strutt fashion design award and the presentation by, fashion designer, Karen Monk-Klijnstra.

Robert King was first asked to address members and appraise them of the background and history of Daphne Strutt, herself a fashion designer and someone who for many years worked in the museum services. Every year the Society awards a bursary and a book ‘Clothing fashions in South Africa’, authored by Daphne Strutt, to the winner.

 This year the prize was awarded to student, Alexandra Sarah van Heerden, who was accompanied by her family.

Alexandra van Heerden with her family.
Alexandra van Heerden being presented with the Daphne Strutt fashion book, by Myra Boyles
Robert King and Chair-lady Angie St George, with Alexandra


The Society was then addressed by Karen Monk-Klijnstra, a local successful,  fashion designer, who operates from her Kloof premises. Karen presentation was ‘ Inspiration in the Ordinary’.

Karen who has designed many award winning ensembles, demonstrated, with the aid of manikins, how many of her winning outfits were assembled and made. Karen demonstratated how simple , but different items of fabric can be creatively put together and in the process achieve award winning outfits.


Karen Monk-Klijnstra creating some magic from one of her creations.
Fashion designer Karen Monk-Klijnstra with Daphne Strutt, fashion design winner, Alexandra van Heerden
SA National Society – April Meeting – Daphne Strutt Award and address by Karen Klijnstra