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Vale Carla Zampatti AC

3 April 2021

Carla Zampatti, 2015 Georges Antoni. © Georges Antoni

The National Portrait Gallery is deeply saddened by the news of the untimely death of Carla Zampatti AC, an Australian icon and a woman who contributed so significantly to defining the identity and style of Australian women.

Helen Nugent AO, Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery, said that Carla, was ‘an awe-inspiring Australian who gave so much to the community.  She has defined a generation of Australians with her style, graciousness, humanity and achievements and has been a wonderful friend to the National Portrait Gallery.’

Director of the Gallery, Karen Quinlan AM, extended her sincere condolences to Carla’s family and friends.

The illuminating portrait of Carla by Georges Antoni (2015) recently featured in The Look, an exhibition which celebrated the best of Australia.

Carla Zampatti
Video: 4 minutes 37 seconds

Related information

Carla Zampatti

'Frescoes, feminism and fashion'

Portrait story

Carla discusses her decision, at age six, to become a fashion designer and the subsequent evolution of her career.

The Look

Previous exhibition, 2019

Featuring striking photographic portraits of contemporary figures from the National Portrait Gallery collection, The Look is an aesthetic treat with a lashing of je ne sais quoi.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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