Zampatti sales spike as emotional customers pay tribute to an icon4th April 2021
Sales of Carla Zampatti clothing surged over the weekend as long-time fans marked the much-loved Australian fashion icon’s passing by adding to their collections of her designs.
As her customers responded to the news of Zampatti’s death, the family of the designer has accepted the NSW government’s offer of a state funeral, the Premier’s office confirmed on Sunday.
Zampatti, 78, died on Saturday, two weeks after she tripped down the stairs as she was leaving the gala premiere of the opera La Traviata at Mrs Macquaries Point. She never regained consciousness.
The fashion icon was mourned across the industry over the weekend, with tributes from kaftan queen Camilla Franks, former Harper’s BAZAAR editor-in-chief Kellie Hush, Vogue editor-in-chief Edwina McCann, designer Alex Perry, model Megan Gale and many of the celebrities she has dressed over her career.
Zampatti fans flocked to shops, with some customers crying during transactions.
Margarita Marambio, who has worked in sales for Zampatti for 15 years, said customers were marking the “end of an era” and sales had spiked in Sydney on Saturday and Sunday.
Ms Marambio said some customers had cried as they spoke of how much they valued the designer’s work.
“People have been coming through saying they are buying just because of the news,” she said.