Carla Zampatti Biography – Carla Zampatti Wiki
Carla Zampatti was an Italian-Australian fashion designer and businesswoman, and executive chair of the fashion label Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd. Born in Italy in 1942, Zampatti settled with her family in Australia in 1950 at the age of 9. In 1965, she produced her first small collection for Zampatti Pty Limited, followed two years later by a national launch and, in 1970, by the establishment of Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd. The Carla Zampatti label is now renowned for beautiful clothes that combine Australian creativity with Italian style.
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 NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian.
She was a board member of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, the European Australian Business Council, Sydney Dance Company, MCA Foundation and UTS V-C’s Industry Advisory Board.
In May 2014, Zampatti was granted a Honorary Doctorate of Laws at the Faculty of Arts Monash University. Zampatti is a former Chairman of the SBS Corporation, and a former director of several boards including Westfield Holdings and McDonalds Australia and former board member of Sydney Theatre Company Foundation.
An Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Western Sydney was awarded to Carla in 1999 for outstanding service to the University as a member of its Board of Governors.
Zampatti has been recognised with a number of Australian and international awards for achievement and excellence, including Bulletin/Qantas Businesswoman of the Year, and in 1994 the fashion industry of Australia named her Designer of the Year. In 2004, the Italian government appointed Carla Commendatore (Commander) in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
In January 2005, Zampatti was honoured by Australia Post and named a ‘2005 Australia Post Australian Legend’. This award is announced annually in the lead-up to Australia Day and the recipients of this award are individually featured on a postage stamp. Carla later designed the new Australia Post corporate wear launched in October 2007.
The Australian Fashion Laureate was awarded to Carla in August 2008. An award polled by members of the industry, an initiative of the New South Wales Government and IMG Fashion. This award recognizes outstanding achievement and is the highest award honoured in the Australian fashion industry.
A Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Carla was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2009. This honour recognises Carla’s contributions to fashion and business as well as being a role model for women.
Carla Zampatti Age
She was born on 19 May 1942, in Lovero, Kingdom of Italy. She died on 3 April 2021, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Carla Zampatti Husband – Carla Zampatti Partner
Was Carla Zampatti married? She was married twice. Her first husband was Leo Schuman, whom she married in 1964 and divorced in 1970. Her second husband was politician John Spender from 1975 until they separated in 2008 and divorced in 2010.
Carla Zampatti Children
Carla Zampatti had three children: Alex Schuman, Allegra Spender, and Bianca Spender. Her eldest daughter Bianca Spender is a designer and Allegra Spender is the managing director of Carla Zampatti Limited.
Carla Zampatti Family
Carla Zampatti is survived by her three children: Alexander Schuman, Bianca Spender and Allegra Spender from her marriages with Leo Schuman and Australian lawyer, politician and diplomat John Spender. She also has nine grandchildren.
Carla Zampatti Death
Legendary Australian fashion designer Carla Zampatti died at Sydney’s St Vincent Hospital on 3 April 2021 at the age of 78, after a week-long hospitalisation after a fall at the opera on 26 March 2021. “It’s with great sadness that we announce the death of fashion icon Carla Zampatti AC today [3rd April 2021],” said her family in a statement.
“Carla is Australia’s most successful and enduring fashion designer, launching her eponymous label in 1965. Carla has long been celebrated for making Australian women feel confident and elegant through her exceptional design, tailoring and understanding of the modern woman.
“A champion of Australian women and a multicultural success story, 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.”
Carla Zampatti daughter, Bianca Spender, said in a statement: “It is with heavy heart’s that we farewell Carla Zampatti this morning. She leaves an undeniable legacy behind, and will remain a constant in the hearts of her loving family, friends and women all over Australia and the world who’ve enjoyed her designs throughout the years.
“Bianca and the rest of the family are very grateful for the support and for the excellent care from the team at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.”
Carla Zampatti Cause of Death
Carla Zampatti died from injuries she sustained from a fall at an opera premiere in Sydney. She was knocked unconscious after falling on the bottom two steps of a staircase at Mrs Macquarie’s Point on the opening night of La Traviata.
Carla Zampatti Net Worth
Carla Zampatti’s net worth is estimated to be $20 million.