Australian Fashion Designer Carla Zampatti dies at 78

Carla Zampatti dies

Australia’s fashion icon Carla Zampatti, who has been known for elegant designs and for empowering women for more than 50 years, has died after a fall in Sydney, her family said on Saturday.

The actors Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett, as well as former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, wore the clothes of Zampatti, who died last week following a fall at an outdoor opera performance.

Family Said in a Statement, 


“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,”

Zampatti introduced swimwear into her collections in the early 1970s in socially conservative Australia.

Before she and her family immigrated to Australia in 1950, Zampatti produced her first fashion collection in 1965, and five years later she established Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd.

It is astonishing what you can accomplish with a lot of youthful optimism and very little money, Zampatti told the Australian Associated Press in 2009.


A successful businesswoman, Zampatti set up dozens of boutiques throughout Australia. She served as chairwoman of the Australian public service broadcaster, the Special Broadcasting Service.

Zampatti was not only a fashion industry icon, but a pioneer as an entrepreneur and a champion of a multicultural approach, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a statement, adding that Zampatti was more than just an icon.

Her contributions to our nation will be timeless, just like her designs.”


On Zampatti’s online memorial page, a customer who identifies herself as Louise wrote, “The CZ pieces I wear feel confident, elegant, and powerful…thank you for the years of inspiration.”

Zampatti was the mother of three children from two marriages and grandmother of nine, according to her family.

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