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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.

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Carla Zampatti

2015
Georges Antoni

inkjet print on paper (frame: 152.8 cm x 124.0 cm depth 3.0 cm, sheet: 136.8 cm x 109.9 cm, image: 115.7 cm x 88.6 cm)

Italian-born Carla Zampatti AC (1942–2021) moved to a small town in Western Australia with her family in 1950. Having aspired to a fashion design career since childhood, she assembled her first collection, aged 23, in 1965 and by 1970 she’d established Carla Zampatti Ltd. She opened her first boutique in Surry Hills in 1972, with demand for her effortlessly elegant designs soon resulting in an additional three stores in Sydney. As renowned for her business acumen as her impeccable style, Zampatti was the first female chair of SBS (1999 to 2009), and served on many boards including those of the Sydney Dance Company, Westfield Holdings, the Australian Multicultural Foundation, Woolmark Corporation and the European Australian Business Council. At the time of her death in 2021, there were 26 Carla Zampatti boutiques and David Jones concessions across Australia and New Zealand.

Fashion photographer Georges Antoni took this image for the Harper’s Bazaar Woman of the Year Award in 2015. 'When I was asked would I mind if they created that into a portrait, I was very honoured’, Zampatti said. ‘Because I think there’s something magical about portraits.' The photo appeared on the cover of her autobiography My Life, My Look, published the same year

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016
© Georges Antoni

Artist and subject

Georges Antoni (age 40 in 2015)

Carla Zampatti AC (age 73 in 2015)

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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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