Carla Zampatti’s final collection won’t be shown at Australian Fashion Week following the iconic designer’s tragic death
Carla Zampatti won’t be given a posthumous hurrah at Australian Fashion Week this year.
The late designer, who tragically died on April 3, is said to have finished her last ever collection in February, but never intended to show the range at the annual catwalk event.
‘That was a decision made months ago,’ Kellie Hush, the label’s official, told Confidential.
‘That was a decision made months ago’: Carla Zampatti’s (pictured) final collection won’t be shown at Australian Fashion Week – following the iconic designer’s tragic death
‘We are shooting the campaign next week and then images will be selected and the campaign launches as the collection goes into store,’ Ms Hush added.
Carla last showed at Australian Fashion Week in 2019, closing the entire week with her collection.
She is also the last ever designer to show at Australian Fashion Week, as last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legendary: Carla last showed at Australian Fashion Week in 2019, closing the entire week with her collection
Meanwhile, the largest space at Carriageworks in Sydney is set to be officially named after Carla in honour of her huge contribution to Australian fashion.
Carla died on April 3, a week after falling down the stairs at the opening night of the La Traviata opera on Sydney Harbour.
Born in Italy in 1942, Zampatti migrated to Australia with her parents in 1950 at age nine, and set up her fashion famous label at 24.
Famous threads: Her designs have been worn by some of Australia’s most influential women. Pictured: Supermodel Miranda Kerr wearing Carla Zampatti on the catwalk in 2010
Her designs have been worn by some of Australia’s most influential women, including Princess Mary of Denmark, Australia’s first female prime minister Julia Gillard, Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman and Ms Berejiklian.
Last month, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Carla was a role model for generations as Australians.
The trailblazing fashion designer was farewelled at a state funeral at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday.
Carla was named Australian Designer of the Year in 1994, awarded the Australian Fashion Laureate in 2008 and a year later was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest civilian honour.
Role model: Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Carla was a role model for generations as Australians