Refined Elegance

“I am inspired by everything I see. Any art objects, nature, people, dresses, colors, forms. I think it is difficult to know where exactly your inspiration comes from. It depicts all the layers, depths of your current personality and all the experiences of your life. When I start to design a dress, it is the material, the fabric itself that inspires me. I’ve never drawn a picture of a look and searched for a fabric for it; I work the other way around – first I must see the fabric which inspires me to create the form”.

Anita Pasztor is a prominent lawyer specializing in international commercial law in the majestic city of the Danube: Budapest. “In my profession, I have always been fascinated with the ability and the opportunity to creatively resolve complex issues with my intellect. It was natural for me to migrate towards a concrete creativity”.

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Fashion Talk – An interview with Anita Pasztor

1 When did you first discover your talent for designing?

I have always been interested in fashion as an art. My grandmother on my mother’s side was a single mother raising three kids in the 1940-50-60. She earned her living by sewing at home in her tiny kitchen. I remember watching her working on her Singer sewing machine while I was doing my mathematics homework in the background. Everything she made was perfect in form and in its make. My grandmother on my father’s side used to sell (she sold them in the past what she mad from silk) duvets she made from silk. She worked best with her hands excelling in knitting, crocheting and macramé. She has passed on these skills to me.

As my mother became a single mother too, with four children, who apart from being a dentist could sew, knit, crochet and make macramé. Having leant these skills, I could sew costumes, coats, blouses, dresses, skirts, and trousers for myself and for my mother. As early as 13 I was making and designing a lot of my own clothes. At 17 I received an award from Burda Hungary for one of my designs.

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