The art of designing clothes is so much more than stitching together a piece of clothing. Being a fashion designer comes down to being imaginative. And when you talk about renowned fashion designers, one name that always stands out is fashion designer Carla Zampatti. She was among the crop of designers who believed in bringing revolutionary, meaningful changes in the fashion industry with her unique style.
Carla Maria Zampatti was an Italian-Australian fashion designer and entrepreneur. Her designs were noted for being charming and practical. She ruled the fashion industry for 55 years and died at the age of 78 on 3 April 2021. Her death came as a shock to the fashion industry and other prominent personalities. She was considered a symbol of the Australian fashion industry.
In 1950, Zampatti migrated from northern Italy to Fremantle. She was proud of her position as an outsider. She frequently praised Italians for their contributions to Australian society, including their food, culture, business and hard work. She also thought that Australians had significant Italian ancestry.
Carla first landed in Australia at the age of 8. As she grew up, she identified a gap in the Australian market. She felt clothing could be more practical, without foregoing the aesthetic. Her love for design compelled her to express her ideas through clothes.
Carla's designs always glorified simplicity and were marked by strong, clean lines with an Italian aesthetic. Her designs were both classic and trendy. Carla Zampatti was committed to environmentally-friendly business methods. Throughout her career, she supported Australian producers and collaborated with Ethical Clothing Australia.
Carla always believed in inspiring women to feel confident, and elegant through her remarkable design, tailoring, and knowledge of fashion. Her ideas, philosophy, thoughts, lifestyle, etc. contributed to her journey of becoming the renowned fashion designer Carla Zampatti, as she is remembered today.
Zampatti was a successful entrepreneur, a trailblazing board member (first female chair at SBS, council member of Westfield Group, Art Gallery of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney). She was a philanthropist for the arts (Sydney Dance Company and other cultural and performance groups).
She was predominantly a feminist fashion designer who advocated for women's economic freedoms and autonomy. She has accomplished remarkable things since the 1960s. Without Zampatti and her revolutionary fashion concepts, Australia’s fashion industry would have a big void.