Gladys Berejiklian pays tribute to ‘trailblazer’ fashion icon Carla Zampatti as she announces designer will be laid to rest after a state funeral at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney
- Details of the state funeral for fashion icon Carla Zampatti have been released
- The funeral will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on April 15 at 10.30am
- Service will be open to the general public and many celebs expected to attend
- The fashion icon died aged 78 a week after falling down stairs at Sydney opera
Fashion icon Carla Zampatti will be farwelled at a public state funeral in St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney next week.
The 78-year-old epochal designer died on Saturday April 3 after a fall at the Sydney Opera House a week earlier.
‘Carla was a trailblazer in every respect and a role model for generations of Australians,’ NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
Fashion icon and businesswoman Carla Zampatti (pictured) will be receiving a state funeral
It will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral (pictured) in Sydney on Thursday April 15 at 10.30am
CARLA ZAMPATTI FUNERAL DETAILS
Date and Time: April 15 at 10.30am
Location: St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, near Hyde Park
Doors will open at 9.30am and guests will need to be seated by 10.15am
General public welcome to attend and will be accommodated inside the Cathedral where possible
Funeral will be livestreamed
The general public will be able to attend Ms Zampatti’s funeral or watch over a livestream, and doors will open at 9.30am.
She spent a week in a coma at St Vincent’s Hospital after falling unconscious when she slipped down Macquarie Point stairs.
She was attending the opening night of the La Traviata opera on Sydney Harbour when she fell and hit her head.
Ms Zampatti was known not just for timeless fashion pieces, but her generosity towards up and coming designers and as a role model for young women and migrants.
Ms Berejiklian said ‘the world will never be the same’ when she died.
‘Talented, generous and inspiring. A true trailblazer in every respect.’
Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the fashion mogul ‘kind, strong, elegant and sincere.’
‘Carla was an icon to the fashion industry, a pioneer as an entrepreneur and a champion of multicultural Australia,’ he said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the fashion mogul ‘kind, strong, elegant and sincere’
The 78-year-old fashion designer died after falling down stairs at the Sydney Opera House
She was given a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987 for service to the fashion industry
Carla Zampatti’s daughter Bianca Spencer (pictured right) shared a gutwrenching tribute after her mother’s death
Droves of other celebrities celebrated the high-end designer.
‘Classy, sophisticated, smart and an incredible mother and business woman,’ supermodel Megan Gale wrote after Ms Zampatti’s death.
‘A trailblazer for the Australian fashion industry and an absolute icon. You will be missed but not forgotten.’
Ms Zampatti’s daughter Bianca shared a tribute after her mother’s death.
‘Today I lost my mother, my inspiration, my mentor and my friend,’ the fashion designer wrote alongside family photos on Instagram.
‘I am lost for words and totally heartbroken.’
The high-end designer was born in Italy and immigrated to Western Australia in 1950 at eight
Ms 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 in the fashion, multicultural broadcasting, and as a role model and mentor to women.
In 1980 Ms Zampatti was Australian Businesswoman of the Year, and in 2008 she was awarded the Australian Fashion Laureate Award by the NSW Government.
The high-end designer was born in Italy and immigrated to Western Australia in 1950 when she was about eight years old.
She previously said her desire to prove herself to her adopted country was the driving force behind her successful career.
‘Economically, socially, lifestyle – migration has been a huge benefit for this country,’ she said.
‘This country today is an economic force and I do believe it’s primarily because of the wonderful contributions that hardworking ambitious [immigrants bring].’
She previously said her desire to prove herself to her adopted country motivated her success