Remembering the legacy of Carla Zampatti

On Saturday, Australian fashion industry icon Carla Zampatti died after suffering a serious fall on March 26.

The 78-year-old had been attending the opening night of Opera Australia’s La Traviata at a purpose-built outdoor stage on Sydney Harbour when she fell down stairs while exiting the venue.

Zampatti was treated by staff at the venue and later taken to Sydney’s St Vincent’s hospital. She never regained consciousness.

Leaders of fashion, politics and the media have paid tribute to the trailblazing pioneer of Australian fashion whose career spanned more than five decades.

Her designs have been worn by the likes of Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett, former prime minister Julia Gillard and celebrated chef Nigella Lawson is a fan.

Following her death, the NSW government announced Zampatti’s family had been offered a state funeral, which had been accepted, a testament to the legacy of a woman who will surely be remembered as one of Australia’s most iconic and significant designers.

Today on Please Explain host Nathanael Cooper is joined by fashion editor Melissa Singer to look at the impact Carla Zampatti had on Australian fashion.

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