Carla Zampatti to be honoured with state funeral

A State Funeral will be held for legendary Australian fashion designer, Carla Zampatti, who passed away yesterday, aged 78.

This included funding the Carla Zampatti Foundation Design Award at the University of Technology Sydney, a $25,000 scholarship for postgraduate study at an worldwide institution.

Carla Zampatti, 78, has died following a nasty fall while attending an opera at Mrs Macquarie Point last week.

"My deepest heartfelt sympathy and compassion go out to her handsome family that she loved so dearly", Franks said.

"I'm speaking on behalf of Australia and especially the fashion industry ... we lost our fashion matriarch, you know?" I am lost for words and totally heartbroken, ' she wrote.

"Carla has always been celebrated for making Australian women feel confident and elegant through her exceptional design, tailoring and understanding of the modern woman", her family said in a statement. "So very sad for her family".

"Having migrated herself as a young child, settling in Australia with her family, Ms Zampatti truly believed in SBS and its goal and was committed to promoting greater understanding of and between Australia's diverse communities".

"Carla was an icon to the fashion industry, a pioneer as an entrepreneur and a champion of multicultural Australia", the post continued.

The newlywed made sure to include a snap of her happy day in a series of photos she posted in Zampatti's honour.

"So shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of the extraordinary @carlazampatti", she captioned her post.

Her legacy in life and fashion design speaks to empowering career women by dressing them for leadership in the workplace, while also catering to evening wear.

Tearing up, Franks confessed: "I admired her so much and I'm going to miss her deeply".

She recycled the gown for a third time in 2015, donning it for an official portrait with her husband, Prince Frederik. Mary, crown princess of Denmark, also wore Zampatti's clothing.

"At the end of the shoot she asked if she could keep the dress [and] I was delighted. I am so proud".

She was taken to hospital, where she later died.

Born in Italy in 1942, Zampatti migrated to Australia in 1950 at age nine, setting up her fashion famous label at 24.

"Her designs have been worn by Australia's most influential women from Prime Ministers and Premiers to business leaders, dignitaries, award-winning journalists, royalty and celebrities", the statement said.

Daughter Bianca, who followed in her mother's footsteps as a designer, posted an emotional tribute to her "inspiration" on Instagram.

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