Carla Zampatti’s name probably doesn’t ring a bell unless you are from Australia where she is so well-known that she is being honoured with a state funeral in New South Wales.
Born in Italy in 1942, Carla Zampatti’s family immigrated to Australia in 1950. In 1965 Carla produced her first small fashion collection and in 1970, she founded her ready-to-wear boutique-style business Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd.
She became one of the first Australian designers to include swimwear in her collections, and over the years became an Australian fashion institution, dressing Australian celebrities including Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett. She passed away this week after a fall at the age of 78.