Iconic Australian fashion designer Carla Zampatti has died

Australian fashion designer Carla Zampatti has died, aged 78.

The fashion icon was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital last week following a serious fall at the opera in Sydney.

A statement was released on the designer’s official Facebook page on Saturday morning confirming the sad news.


“It’s with great sadness that we announce the death of fashion icon Carla Zampatti AC today,” the statement said.

“Carla is Australia’s most successful and enduring fashion designer, launching her eponymous label in 1965.

“Carla has long been celebrated for making Australian women feel confident and elegant through her exceptional design, tailoring and understanding of the modern woman.

“A champion of Australian women and a multicultural success story, she continued to thrive as a businesswoman through enormous radical and social change, designing clothes for women fighting for liberation through the women’s rights movement in the 1960s to empowering women today in leadership, the workplace, in their home and at major life events.”

Ms Zampatti, who was born in Italy before moving to Australia in 1950, has dressed some of the most influential women in the world.

“Her designs have been worn by Australia’s most influential women from Prime Ministers and Premiers to business leaders, dignitaries, award-winning journalists, royalty and celebrities,” the statement said.

“They include Princess Mary of Denmark, Dame Quentin Bryce, Julia Gillard, Gladys Berejiklian, Julie Bishop, Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett.”

Ms Berejiklian took to Twitter a short time ago, writing that the “world will never be the same without Carla Zampatti.”

“Talented, generous and inspiring. A true trailblazer in every respect. Rest In Peace,” she said.

Ms Zampatti is survived by her three children Alexander Schuman, fashion designer Bianca Spender and Allegra Spender from her marriages to Leo Schuman and former Australian lawyer, politician and diplomat, John Spender.

Bianca Spender took to Instagram this morning to pay tribute to her mother, writing “Today I lost my mother, my inspiration, my mentor and my friend.”

“I am lost for words and totally heartbroken.”


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