/ 06 April 2021

Vale Carla Zampatti

She was one of Australia’s biggest names in fashion and is being remembered as a “true trailblazer” in business and women’s rights. The 78yo died in hospital on Saturday – a week after a fall at an outdoor opera performance in Sydney. Pretty much anyone who is anyone expressed their condolences. Born in northern Italy, her family immigrated to Western Oz when she was 6yo, and she moved to Sydney at 19yo to pursue a career in fashion. A lot of hard work later, Zampatti’s clean/bold designs are regularly worn by some of Australia’s most influential women, including our Princess Mary and Australia’s first female prime minister Julia Gillard. Jenny Morrison wore one of her creations to the State Dinner thrown by former US President Donald Trump in 2019. Zampatti and former politician/Ambassador to France John Spender were married for 34 years before divorcing in 2010, and she had 3 children – the most high profile is designer Bianca Spender. She will be honoured with a state funeral.

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