Celebrities are mourning the death of Aussie fashion icon Carla Zampatti, who has died at the age of 78.
The designer passed away one week after falling down stairs and hitting her head at Mrs Macquarie Point in Sydney.
In a statement confirmed her death, media spokesperson Kellie Hush described her as “Australia’s most successful and enduring fashion designer” and a “champion of Australian women”.
“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,” the statement read.
Since the launch of her own label in 1965, the list of those who donned her designs include Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Princess Mary of Denmark, Dame Quentin Bryce, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Samantha Armytage shared a number of photos of Carla Zampatti dresses she’s worn over the years. The TV presenter even wore a Carla Zampatti gown as her wedding dress.
Armytage wrote in her caption: “Absolutely devastated at the loss of my beautiful friend Carla Zampatti this morning. She was a creative genius, a wonderful generous elegant woman and very much a part of many of my favourite memories.”
“She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. And will live on forever in my heart, and my wardrobe. Vale Carla.”
Former politician Julie Bishop also paid tribute to the fashion great, sharing photos of them together to Instagram. “Carla Zampatti was a truly great Australian who inspired generations of women with her style, grace and determination.”
Megan Gale has honoured Zampatti in a touching Instagram post, calling the fashion mogul a “trailblazer for the Australian fashion industry.”
“Classy, sophisticated, smart and an incredible mother and business woman, the caption read. “A trailblazer for the Australian fashion industry and an absolute icon. You will be missed but not forgotten. Rest in love & peace.”
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has paid respects to Zampatti via Twitter, writing “Very sad to learn of our dear friend Carla Zampatti’s passing. One of our greatest Australians — brilliant, innovative, elegant, creative. Embodying the success of our remarkable multicultural nation. Our sympathy and love are with her family.”
Today Extra’s David Campbell has honoured Zampatti in a heartfelt message.
“I am just hearing Carla Zampatti has died from her fall,” he tweeted. “This is so tragic. She was a true pioneer in fashion in Australia. A class act. She was an icon who lived with grace. So very sad for her family.”
Packed to the Rafters star Rebecca Gibney expressed her sadness while paying tribute to the fashion designer on Instagram, talking about the times she’s worn Zampatti’s designs to events and awards nights.
“So shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of the extraordinary @carlazampatti,” she captioned her post. “I have worn Carla’s designs in so many fashion shoots, to a multitude of awards nights — including the International Emmys — and most recently on the series Under The Vines currently shooting in New Zealand. The third photo was used only a few weeks ago to publicise the show and the character of Daisy Munro wearing a white Carla Zampatti suit and hat inspired by Carla. Sending so much love to Carla’s family and friends at this very sad time. Rest In Peace. ♥️”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also paid tribute to Zampatti in a touching Facebook post.
“Jen and I are terribly saddened by the passing of Carla Zampatti,” he wrote alongside a picture of him with the fashion designer. “We have lost a truly great and inspirational Australian.”
“Carla was an icon to the fashion industry, a pioneer as an entrepreneur and a champion of multicultural Australia,” the post continued. “It was our great honour to have known her.
“She was a very kind, strong, elegant and sincere woman. She will be sadly missed by family, friends and all who she inspired alike. Her contribution to our nation will be timeless, just like her designs. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family.”
Comedian Madga Szubanski has paid tribute to Zampatti while honouring her “divine” style and “impeccable” tailoring.
“So very sad to hear of the death of Carla Zampatti,” she tweeted.
“Such a lovely woman who dressed me on a few occasions with great elegance and empathy. Her tailoring was impeccable and her style divine. My deepest condolences to her family.”
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