The Quarter Edit September - SS20

Exclusive Interview - Carla Zampatti

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Spring Summer is the Time to Stand Out

There’s a lot to be impressed about by Australian fashion designer Carla Zampatti.

This year marks 55 years of not only working – but dominating - the notoriously competitive fashion industry and the much-loved designer is hardly slowing down.

The Carla Zampatti Claremont Quarter boutique this month launches its Spring Summer ’20 Collection and in a year when many of us have been rattled by disruption and instability, Zampatti has risen to the challenge with her usual style of grace and optimism.

“The Spring Summer ’20 Collection focuses on standing out and not blending in,” Zampatti tells The Quarter Edit in an exclusive interview.

“The inspiration behind it is empowerment.

“I think this really shows in our tailored blazers that are designed to make the wearer feel like they can conquer the world… some of my favourite pieces include the White Dream Jacket and the White Fluid Pant – these can be worn year-round.”

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Zampatti can speak with authority on conquering the fashion world; she’s a Companion of the Order of Australia (2009), Australian Fashion Laureate (2008), she’s headlined countless fashion weeks, had books written about her and special-edition magazines devoted to her – not to mention dressing Royalty and designing red-carpet showstoppers for dazzling movie stars.

“I have been very lucky to meet and dress many very interesting and inspiring individuals. One that stands out is the dress that I designed for Princess Mary of Denmark. I was very proud to have the opportunity to dress her. She looked absolutely beautiful,” Zampatti recalls.

The Italian-born Zampatti migrated to WA in 1950 and is today also celebrated as a role model for working mothers – she began her business in 1965, with a 9-month-old baby and newly single after her marriage ended. She proudly designs and manufactures her garments in Australia.

“I think over my company’s 55-year heritage, I have been able to celebrate the many stages of life, and how challenges make you stronger and teach you lessons about yourself and the world. I think this year has been unique in the sense that our lives have been disrupted so quickly and widely by the pandemic. I think having an optimistic attitude about the future continues to help me see the beauty in the world,” Zampatti tells The Quarter Edit.

And she has a message for us: “I would like to wish everyone in Western Australia good health and happiness.”

Zampatti describes her style as tailored and simple – but many women who own a Zampatti piece would also describe her label as: Timeless. Vintage Zampatti dresses, jackets and shirts are coveted pieces many decades on.

We invite you to view the new Carla Zampatti Spring Summer ’20 Collection on Level 2 at  Claremont Quarter.