SYDNEY – Eleven hundred people gathered in St. Mary’s Cathedral Thursday morning for the state funeral of Australian fashion designer Carla Zampatti, who died on April 3, a week after a catastrophic fall in an open-air production of Opera Australia of “La Traviata”.
In attendance were a Who’s Who of Australia’s fashion and television industries, alongside leaders from business, politics and the arts. Guests included designers Camilla Freeman-Topper and her brother Marc Freeman, Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, Camilla Franks, Melbourne Fashion Festival CEO Graeme Lewsey, Australian Fashion Week founder and Order co-founder and CEO. com Simon Lock and ABC President Ita Buttrose.
Sitting in the front bench section, next to Zampatti’s family and the simple black casket which was flanked by two arrangements of white Phalaenopsis orchids, was a substantial contingent of Australian political figures. They included the Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne; NSW Governor Margaret Beazley; Jenny Morrison, wife of Prime Minister Scott Morrison; two former governors general of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce and Sir Peter Cosgrove; former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and three former Australian prime ministers, Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott and John Howard.
Many of the women in attendance turned out in Zampatti’s signature couture and jumpsuits.
The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Anthony Fisher, led the tributes during the hour-and-a-half service, nodding at the importance “that a nine-year-old girl can arrive from Italy without English and without limited education. towards great heights in this country, joining with millions of other newcomers to enrich our coasts while taking advantage of its opportunities. “
After founding his label in Sydney in 1965, Zampatti established a chain of boutiques across Australia – which numbered 26 at the time of his death – while enjoying a parallel career on the board that encompassed companies as well. such as Westfield Holdings, McDonald’s Australia, the multicultural public broadcaster SBS, the Sydney Dance Company, the Australian Multicultural Foundation and the European Australian Business Council. Her many accolades include the Centennial Medal, Australian Fashion Laureate and the Order of Australia, the country’s highest civilian honor.
Readings were given by Zampatti’s grandchildren, Brigid and Marcus Schuman, Australian businesswoman Jillian Broadbent, Dame Quentin’s three children Bryce and Zampatti, Alexander Schuman and Bianca and Allegra Spender.
âMum loved Australia, her adopted home and what she loved most was her freedom and opportunities,â said Alexander Schuman, CEO of Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd., who said her sisters and had taught him a lot by working in the family. business during school and university holidays from 10 years old.
âCZ is what we all call the family business,â he added. âWe called him our other brother. Sometimes the favorite child.
Design, said Bianca Spender, who runs her own successful fashion line, was âZampatti’s first and true love. She was alive with beauty in all its forms. Dance, visual arts, fashion, architecture, music. The creativity of others truly inspired and uplifted her.
âShe was an incredibly successful and determined person and really put Australian fashion on the map in a big way and she will never be forgotten,â John Howard told WWD after the service.
âFor me, the strongest was the example Carla set for women,â said Karin Upton-Baker, Managing Director of HermÃ¨s Australia. âI really felt that she was lighting the way for so many women, of the combination of work and family, which was extremely difficult, and she showed that there was a way to make it happen. I met her very early in my career at Vogue in the early 80’s. I think her generosity of spirit is probably the thing we remember the most about her, which goes beyond all of her incredible accomplishments. public.
Natalie Xenita, newly promoted at IMG to vice president and general manager of IMG Fashion Events and Properties, Asia Pacific, said a tribute to Carla Zampatti is planned for the next edition of Fashion Week Australian, which is scheduled to take place from May 31 to June 4 at the Carriageworks in Sydney.
The tribute could, furthermore, potentially become a component of the event, Xenita said, and most likely linked to emerging fashion talents, of which Zampatti had always been particularly supportive. In 2018, Zampatti launched the Carla Zampatti Foundation Design Award, in collaboration with Sydney University of Technology, to give fashion and textile graduates funding to pursue international postgraduate studies.
With a runway show supported by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Zampatti closed the last Australian Fashion Week on May 16, 2019 – with the 2020 iteration having been canceled due to COVID-19.
âIt’s such a beautiful memory to have,â said Xenita. “I think we will all remember this show as one of the key moments in the event’s 25 year history.”