Sydney’s A-Listers are expected to turn up one more time for trailblazing fashion icon Carla Zampatti who’s being farewelled with a state funeral at St Mary’s Cathedral.
The 78-year-old doyenne of the Australian fashion industry was a perennial on the Sydney social scene and widely admired for her sartorial elegance as well as her savvy business sense.
Her funeral on Thursday morning will be live-streamed and the general public is invited to attend, along with the elites from the nation’s fashion industry and business circles.
The fashion pioneer died in hospital last month, a week after falling and hitting her head at a performance of La Traviata at Mrs Macquarie’s Point in Sydney.
For more than 55 years she was a passionate advocate for Australian fashion with her designs’ trademark elegance and tailoring stamping an indelible mark on the notoriously volatile industry.
Born in Italy, she was a role model for Australian women in business and a generous benefactor of the arts and the next generation of designers.
She created clothes for ordinary women although movie stars, models and prime ministers often favoured her creations.
Zampatti was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987 for service to the fashion industry as a designer and manufacturer.
She was also made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her service through leadership and management roles in fashion and retail, multicultural broadcasting and as a role model and mentor to women.
In 1980 she was Australian Businesswoman of the Year and in 2008 she was awarded the Australian Fashion Laureate Award – the highest honour in the Australian fashion industry.