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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)

Carla Zampatti AC (b. 1942) spent her early years on a farm in Italy. She came to Australia with her family in 1950 and they settled in a small town in Western Australia. From childhood, she aspired to a career as a clothing designer. She assembled her first collection when she was 23, in 1965. By 1970, she had established Carla Zampatti Ltd and in 1972 she opened her first store, in Surry Hills. Stores in Mosman, Double Bay and Sydney CBD followed. In 1980 she was named the inaugural Qantas Bulletin Businesswoman of the Year. Between 1993 and 2009 Zampatti served on many boards including those of the Australian Quality Council, the Woolmark Corporation, the Australian Graduate School of Management, British American Tobacco Australasia, Westfield Holdings and McDonald’s Australia. She was chair of the board of SBS from 1999 to 2009 and has been a director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation since 2005. One of six designers featured on the ‘Australian Legends’ postage stamp series in 2005, she currently has boutiques in each state and in the ACT, and her garments are sold in selected David Jones stores. This photograph, originally taken for Harper’s Bazaar, was reproduced on the cover of Zampatti’s autobiography, My Life, My Look in 2015.

Georges Antoni, fashion photographer, grew up in a small town in central Queensland and worked in notably diverse jobs before approaching a modelling agency claiming to be a photographer. Since then, he has worked continuously for high-end magazines and fashion houses. Amongst his career highlights are an epic fashion shoot on the 75th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for Harper’s Bazaar, and a shoot for the 50th anniversary of Australian Vogue.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016
© Georges Antoni

Accession number: 2016.51

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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.