Bokkie chic for a cause

Herolene Uithaler

A ONE-OF-A-KIND “Springbok” evening dress by Port Elizabeth designer Odette Coetzee, is jetting around the country before being put up for auction to raise funds for injured rugby players.

Coetzee made the unique gown using satin, shimmer chiffon, tulle and rhinestones and has been exhibiting it at her boutique at King’s Court shopping centre. Next week, the dress will be worn by the awards presenter at the South African Rugby Awards dinner in Cape Town before returning to the city for the auction on December 1.

She said the Saru dinner would be televised on SuperSport.

“It went to Johannesburg last week for the presenter to try on and because it will be worn at the awards dinner, it’s really going to get out there now.”

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Fund that helps injured rugby players.

“It’s proudly South African,” Coetzee said of the green and gold evening dress with a springbok and a king protea embroidered on the fabric.

“Just before we opened the bridal boutique in King’s Court, I wanted to do something unique, something that has never been done before.”

Her fiance Morne Steynberg, who played rugby at provincial level when he was still at school, suggested she design a Springbok evening dress and the idea took off from there.

“After doing the proper research and receiving permission to use the Springbok logo, I decided to design and make the evening dress,” Coetzee said.

“I used these fabrics because I thought it would complement the style of the dress. The dress is very light, soft and really comfortable to wear.”

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