One of the most influencers in women’s fashion that carriried her name since the 60’s today confirmed her death via a statement on her official Instagram account on Saturday.

‘It’s with great sadness that we announce the death of fashion icon Carla Zampatti AC today,’ they wrote.

Farewell: Carla, who was 78, passed away after falling down the stairs while attending the opening night of the La Traviata opera on Sydney Harbour last week

‘Carla is Australia’s most successful and enduring fashion designer, launching her eponymous label in 1965,’ it continued.

‘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.’

They finished: ‘The family invite you to share your memories on the Carla Zampatti condolence page through the link in bio.’

Tributes from high profile celebrities and politicians have been pouring in since the sad news was announced on Saturday.

‘Very sad to learn of our dear friend Carla Zampatti’s passing,’ wrote former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

‘One of our greatest Australians – brilliant, innovative, elegant, creative. Embodying the success of our remarkable multicultural nation. Our sympathy and love are with her family.’

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian tweeted: ‘The world will never be the same without Carla Zampatti. Talented, generous and inspiring. A true trailblazer in every respect. Rest In Peace.’

Actress and comedian Magda Szubanski wrote: ‘So very sad to hear of the death of Carla Zampatti. Such a lovely woman who dressed me on a few occasions with great elegance and empathy. Her tailoring was impeccable and her style divine. My deepest condolences to her family.’

Today Extra host David Campbell also shared his condolences, tweeting: ‘I am just hearing Carla Zampatti has died from her fall. This is so tragic. She was a true pioneer in fashion in Australia. A class act. She was an icon who lived with grace. So very sad for her family.’

Jenny Brockie
Shocking to hear of the great Carla Zampatti’s death at 78. Brilliant businesswoman, migrant success story, someone who understood what women want. Personally she was so kind and supportive of me during my time at SBS. So terribly sad.

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