Carla Zampatti’s daughter Bianca Spender shares how she keeps her late mother’s legacy alive

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Carla Zampatti’s daughter Bianca Spender shares how she’s keeping her late mother’s legacy alive after her tragic death from a fall: ‘Mom had such incredible energy’

Bianca Spender is determined to keep her dead mother’s spirit alive.

The daughter of legendary fashion designer Carla Zampatti is part of the Zampatti Powerhouse exhibition at Sydney’s Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, which features a retrospective of her iconic mother’s career.

‘She was always very interested in the now. I had all those pictures of my mom in the ’70s, when everything was in black and white, and I was like, “I wonder what that dress was like?” And now I’ve seen them come to life,” the 45-year-old tells Stellar Magazine.

“It’s just been so meaningful. Mom had incredible energy and she wanted to see women blossom and grow.’

Bianca remembers her mother and says she is endlessly inspired by her success and drive.

“As someone who was so close to her, it’s a huge gift to us that her spirit is still alive in these things…” she said.

'She was always very interested in the now.  I had all those pictures of mom in the '70s when everything was in black and white, and I was like, "I wonder what that dress was like?" And now I've seen them come to life,

‘She was always very interested in the now. I had all those pictures of Mom in the ’70s, when everything was in black and white, and I was like, “I wonder what that dress was like?” And now I’ve seen them come to life,” the 45-year-old tells Stellar Magazine. In the picture with her mother

‘She was one of the first designers to have her own company for 56 years,’ continues Bianca.

“She ran it independently, never went bankrupt. She did so many things in support of women and multiculturalism and creativity.

“She would be very excited and hopefully that can inspire future generations.”

Spender began her fashion journey while collaborating with her mother in 2004, before launching her own label in 2009.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph ahead of a fashion show earlier this year, she said: ‘I had thought a lot about the concept of optimism through the pain when I was designing the range and I think it applies to so many people out of fashion. back from turbulence of the past two years.

“In the run-up to the show, it was really special to be able to feel her presence, rather than absence. I know she’ll be there with all of us.’

Carla died on April 3 last year at the age of 78, just days after falling during an outdoor opera performance

Carla died on April 3 last year at the age of 78, just days after falling during an outdoor opera performance

Carla died on April 3 last year at the age of 78, just days after a fall during an outdoor opera performance.

The mother of three children and grandmother of nine children had been in hospital for a week after the accident.

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Born in Italy in 1942, Carla migrated to Australia with her parents in 1950 at the age of nine and founded her famous fashion label when she was 24.

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.

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.

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 was named Australian Designer of the Year in 1994 and Australian Fashion Laureate in 2008.

A year later she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest civilian honour.

Carla was named Australian Designer of the Year in 1994, received the Australian Fashion Laureate in 2008 and a year later was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia's highest civilian honor

Carla was named Australian Designer of the Year in 1994, received the Australian Fashion Laureate in 2008 and a year later was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest civilian honor

Read more in this week's issue of Stellar Magazine

Read more in this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine

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