Australian fashion designer Carla Zampatti, whose designs were worn by Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett, dies at 78

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MELBOURNE - Australian manner icon Carla Zampatti, known for elegant designs and efforts to empower women implicit much than fractional a century, has died aged 78 aft a autumn successful Sydney, her household said connected Saturday (April 3).

Actors Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett, arsenic good arsenic erstwhile premier curate Julia Gillard, were among the influential Australians who wore the apparel of Zampatti, hospitalised past week aft a autumn astatine an outdoor opera performance.

"She continued to thrive arsenic a businesswoman done tremendous extremist and societal change, designing apparel for women warring for liberation done the women`s rights question successful the 1960s to empowering women today," the household said successful a statement.

In the aboriginal 1970s Zampatti became 1 of the archetypal designers to present swimwear into her collections successful past socially blimpish Australia.

Born successful Italy successful 1942, earlier her household emigrated to Australia successful 1950, Zampatti produced her archetypal tiny manner postulation successful 1965 earlier mounting up Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd 5 years later.

"It is astonishing what you tin bash with an unthinkable magnitude of youthful optimism and precise small money," Zampatti told the Australian Associated Press successful 2009.

A savvy businesswoman who opened dozens of boutiques crossed Australia, Zampatti held respective directorships, and served arsenic chairwoman of Australian nationalist work broadcaster the Special Broadcasting Service.

"We person mislaid a genuinely large and inspirational Australian," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said successful a statement, adding that Zampatti was not lone a manner manufacture icon but a pioneer arsenic an entrepreneur and a champion of a multicultural approach.

"Her publication to our federation volition beryllium timeless, conscionable similar her designs."

On Zampatti`s online memorial page, a lawsuit who identified herself lone arsenic Louise wrote, "It is existent of each portion I deterioration from the CZ line-I consciousness confident, elegant and empowered....Thank you for the years of inspiration."

Zampatti was the parent of 3 children from 2 marriages and a grandma of nine, her household said.

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