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 sell 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.
What inspired you to make the transition from Lawyer to fashion designer?
I have not transitioned professions yet. I am still an active attorney with many clients. I am an emerging designer who has just started to design my first collection in March this year so I will change profession from attorney to designer when I see my fashion business grow at the speed that is required for a sound and well thought through transition.
How did it feel to debut your collection at the Monte Carlo Fashion Week?
I did not think it would be that emotional. It took me by surprise that I felt so overcome with emotions.
Where does the inspiration for your collection come from?
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 never drew 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.
How did you manage to incorporate your family’s cultural heritage into your designs?
As I said my grandmother on my mother’s side was a professional dressmaker. Her work was perfect in all senses. I think I inherited her affiliation to this profession. My father’s mother also sewed for living after she retired, and both of them were very neat with their hands. As well as my late mother who was a dentist. My mother sewed each year new dresses for me and for my two sisters for Easter. There was a period of my childhood when my mother hired a professional dressmaker who would make very nice dresses, coats and all kinds of clothes for me and for my sisters. We became used to wearing custom made clothes. I started to sew at an age as early as 12-13 when my mother could not afford to get our clothes made any longer and that was the time when our brother was born. At that age I sewed a lot of my clothes for myself and some for my mother. I always wanted to wear something different than what we were able to buy at shops in the 80s during communism in Hungary.
Can you please explain the process of your collection and how it all came together?
I am interested in interior design as well so I am a student of the KLC School of Interior Design London. I was going to launch my first collection of small furniture and home accessories this year but when I looked at the market I thought there was no place for my ideas as the market is full of interesting choices. Than I thought I should create my first fashion collection just out of interest and crave for creativity, and it was in March this year, and my husband came along with the idea that we should make a business out of this too and show my collection in Monte Carlo. We made effort to organize my show there when accidentally we stumbled into the news that the Monte Carlo Fashion Week existed and it would be held in the beginning of June. So I needed to get my acts together and finish 18 clothes in a very short period of time. This is a random collection in the sense that I made some haute couture and some Pret-á-Porter clothes as well and I used the fabrics I was able to get within such a short time. I looked at my materials and the inspiration came from the fabrics as well as from my personality. By now we have Carlo Ramello’s shop in Monte Carlo where in his shop you can buy Anita Pasztor clothes at 27 Avenue de la Costa, 98000 Monaco, phone: +377 97 98 42 80, and we have a showroom in Cannes: 67 Antibes Street, 06400 Cannes, France, Tel: + 336 35 26 39 55.
What can we expect for your future collections?
In the future I plan to make both haute couture and Pret-á-Porter clothes. I have just had a fashion show at Cala de’Medici Rosignano Solvay in Italy and I am going to have one on the 24th of August at Nikki Beach Monte Carlo where I will show a brand new collection. I plan to make a so called “Cannes Collection” which is going to be haute couture inspired by the Cannes Film Festival this year. I have many ideas. I am thrilled to go on with my ideas and I hope it will meet the needs and the esthetics of many women.