"Candy Shop" - Vintage Swimwear Show

Dance artist, choreographer, fashion designer. The young costumier, Schäfer Katalin always creates her surprising yet stylish dresses through her unique point of view and comprehensive knowledge. Her trademark is quality, caring and those can be found in every single piece she makes whether it be a show costume or a smart casual skirt. The dancer-desginer is well know and sought after in more than 20 countries. In this article she is telling us about the tricks of the trade and her latest bathing suit and bikini collection's fashion show that is taking place on the A38 ship.

Vintage fürdőruha show

Dance artist, choreographer, fashion designer. The young costumier, Schäfer Katalin always creates her surprising yet stylish dresses through her unique point of view and comprehensive knowledge. Her trademark is quality, caring and those can be found in every single piece she makes whether it be a show costume or a smart casual skirt. The dancer-desginer is well know and sought after in more than 20 countries. In this article she is telling us about the tricks of the trade and her latest bathing suit and bikini collection's fashion show that is taking place on the A38 ship.


Tell us about yourself!

I am a dancer-choreographer and a fashion designer. I have been in the fashion industry since 2010. My own brand's name is SCH-Fashion as in Schäfer Fashion. I specialize in designing  stage, show and dance costumes. From the success and support I received in that area I got a great boost of enthusiasm that motivated me to try myself in different lines of fashion. That is how I started to make smart casual and casual clothes for women. My aim is to put the emphasis on making these dresses look tender, classy yet a little modern at the same time, graceful and very feminine.

What inspires you as a designer and how is a dress brought to life?

I am most inspired by music as I am used to think in the frames of a stage show. On one hand that is because I choreograph my own shows all the time and on the other, because I design clothes upon  dancers' request. When I design a stage costume I always bear in mind the theme of the show and of course the artist's character. Though when I plan everyday wear clothes, I can be touched by almost anything I see, sense or feel. Sometimes it happens that a simple accessory inspires an actual dress. It is quite an intangible process. Already back in the days when I was a little girl, the 50's atmosphere, dresses and celebrities have always had a huge effect on me. I adore that style which I usually refer to as 'Hollywood Vintage'. I actually made many costumes that were influenced by film stars such as Marilyn Monroe or Marlene Dietrich. When an idea is brought into life I find it very helpful that I think in 'movement' so to speak and that I can use my knowledge of the human body that I gained through dancing. That's why I like to use soft, airy and light fabrics.

What brings you the most joy in your fashion career?
To me the greatest joy lies in the actual process. The connection building with the costumer, matching ideas and needs. In that way we both can put our souls into the finished piece. Also, I am glad to see that there is an ever growing interest in uniquely designed clothes. People in general like to own and wear things that was made specifically for them and expresses their style.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am preparing for my next bathing suit and bikini collection's fashion show, that will take place on the A38 ship. It is on the 30th of April, on the day of the ship's birthday. That collection will be made in the style of pin-up and vintage too. My previous collection cited the 50's style and atmosphere, with high-waisted bathing suits that were a little bit more modest and closed. In this year I would like to address the younger generations too, who like that style and want to wear it during the summer time but would perhaps like to leave a bit more of their body free. These pieces will be more bikini like, with lower and a bit higher waistlines. What makes them even more special is that my patterns and motives will painted on them. To achieve the best results we use a special printing method that preserves the original elasticity and quality of the fabric. It also makes sure that chlorine or salt don't ruin the printed patterns. The A38 ship is going to be the perfect venue for this unique fashion show, by no means do I want it to be an ordinary show. It is an especially big pleasure to me that I can work with two beloved friends, who will bring their own professionalism and specialties to the show. Lili Koós is presenting her uniquely designed jewelry - under the brand name of LIKO - at the fashion show, while Norbert Varga is performing art with the models' hair. I would also like to mention that Lili's LIKO creations are an essential part of the show as they were especially made to match the SCH Fashion collection and to please summer lovers.

I gave that 'Candy Shop' name to both the collection and the event and to match that, I would like it to be a very colorful pin-up styled affair. Those who may be following my career know that I like surprising and original things regarding both my choreographies and dresses. It is my utmost priority to create something new and 'never seen before'. To make this show come alive has been a dream of mine for a long time. Therefore I am doing my very best to make it as special, breathtaking and surprising as possible, to make it worthwhile for those who come along.

I suspect that this isn't going to be one ordinary fashion show then.

I am not worried in the least that it is going to be ordinary!  - She promises laughing.

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