Australian Fashion Week names runway in honor of Carla Zampatti

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‘Thank you so much for the honour’: Carla Zampatti’s daughter reacts as Australian Fashion Week names a runway in her honor

Australian fashion icon Carla Zampatti died in April.

And the legendary designer has now been honored at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, with organizers named a catwalk after her.

In a touching photo shared on Instagram on Tuesday, Carla’s daughter Bianca Spender posed for the runway with her brother Alex and sister Allegra.

Tribute: Carla Zampatti’s daughter Bianca Spender (right) has responded when Fashion Week named a runway in her honor. Pictured with brother Alex (center) and sister Allegra (left)

“Thank you so much for the honor of calling this the Carla Zampatti runway, we are deeply moved,” Bianca, 42, wrote in the caption.

“Having grown up in the industry, we have an incredible sense of the importance of shows. They are the moment when everything comes together and the clothes come to life. These shows take you on a journey.

“So thank you on her behalf, and even though it’s in her name, it’s a testament to the teams that have supported her through all of her shows — those on the front and those behind the scenes you may never see.”

Bianca also said she hoped “by naming this runway after her, a little bit of her drive, her determination, her confidence will be part of the journey of the designers who show here’.

An inspiration: Australian fashion icon Carla Zampatti passed away in April

An inspiration: Australian fashion icon Carla Zampatti passed away in April

On March 26, the designer suffered a catastrophic injury when she fell down a flight of stairs during the opening night of the opera La Traviata at Mrs Macquaries Point in Sydney.

The 78-year-old was then taken to St Vincent’s Hospital and died eight days later, on April 3, without ever regaining consciousness.

Her designs have been worn by some of Australia’s most influential women, including Princess Mary of Denmark, Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman and Gladys Berejiklian.

Carla Zampatti’s name is synonymous with Australian fashion.

Pose!  Carla and one of her models pose together at a fashion show in 2008

Pose! Carla and one of her models pose together at a fashion show in 2008

The high-end designer was born in Italy and emigrated to Western Australia in 1950 when she was about eight years old.

She previously said that her desire to showcase her talents to her adopted country was the driving force behind her successful career.

“Economic, social, lifestyle – migration has been a huge benefit to this country.

Story: The high-end designer was born in Italy and emigrated to Western Australia in 1950 when she was about eight years old

Story: The high-end designer was born in Italy and emigrated to Western Australia in 1950 when she was about eight years old

“This country is an economic force today and I truly believe it’s mostly because of the tremendous contributions that hard-working ambitious… [immigrants bring]. ‘

She added: ‘It is interesting to come to a new country, you are an outsider and you want to prove to the country that adopted you how good you are.

“That was my motivation and I really believe that everyone who comes to this country has an ambition about how they can add value to the country.”

Icon: She previously said that her desire to show her adopted country her talents was the driving force behind her successful career

Icon: She previously said that her desire to show her adopted country her talents was the driving force behind her successful career

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