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Samantha Armytage leads celebrity tributes to late Australian fashion icon Carla Zampatti


Samantha Armytage and a host of Australian stars and personalities have shared touching tributes to late Australian designer, Carla Zampatti, after her shock death. 

Former Sunrise co-host Sam, 44, penned a moving post on Instagram on Saturday, after Carla’s passing was revealed. 

Sam, who wore a dress by Carla on her wedding day just a few months ago, wrote that she was ‘absolutely devastated at the loss of my beautiful friend.’

'Absolutely devastated at the loss of my beautiful friend': Samantha Armytage led celebrity tributes to late Australian fashion icon Carla Zampatti on Saturday, after the designer died a week after her horror fall at the opera

‘Absolutely devastated at the loss of my beautiful friend’: Samantha Armytage led celebrity tributes to late Australian fashion icon Carla Zampatti on Saturday, after the designer died a week after her horror fall at the opera

‘Absolutely devastated at the loss of my beautiful friend Carla Zampatti this morning,’ Sam’s post began.

‘She was a creative genius, a wonderful generous elegant woman & very much a part of many of my favourite memories.’

She finished: ‘She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. And will live on forever in my heart, & my wardrobe. Vale Carla.’

'She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. And will live on forever in my heart, & my wardrobe. Vale Carla,' Sam wrote. Carla is pictured in 2019 at a fashion event in Sydney

‘She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. And will live on forever in my heart, & my wardrobe. Vale Carla,’ Sam wrote. Carla is pictured in 2019 at a fashion event in Sydney

Tribute: Sam wore a dress by Carla on her wedding day just a few months ago. Sam shared pictures of herself wearing some of Carla's designs in the post (pictured)

Tribute: Sam wore a dress by Carla on her wedding day just a few months ago. Sam shared pictures of herself wearing some of Carla’s designs in the post (pictured)

'She was a creative genius, a wonderful generous elegant woman & very much a part of many of my favourite memories,' Sam said

‘She was a creative genius, a wonderful generous elegant woman & very much a part of many of my favourite memories,’ Sam said

Sam shared pictures of herself wearing some of Carla’s designs in the post. 

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Today extra host David Campbell also shared a tribute to Carla, calling her an ‘icon.’

‘I am just hearing Carla Zampatti has died from her fall. This is so tragic,’ he tweeted. 

‘She was a true pioneer in fashion in Australia. A class act. She was an icon who lived with grace. So very sad for her family.’

Speaking out: Today extra host David Campbell also shared a tribute to Carla, calling her an 'icon'

Speaking out: Today extra host David Campbell also shared a tribute to Carla, calling her an ‘icon’

Actress Magda Szubanski also shared a tribute and tweeted: So very sad to hear of the death of Carla Zampatti.’

‘Such a lovely woman who dressed me on a few occasions with great elegance and empathy,’ she said. 

She finished: ‘Her tailoring was impeccable and her style divine. My deepest condolences to her family.’

Upset: Actress Magda Szubanski also shared a tribute and tweeted: So very sad to hear of the death of Carla Zampatti'

Upset: Actress Magda Szubanski also shared a tribute and tweeted: So very sad to hear of the death of Carla Zampatti’

Paying her respect: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also said that the 'world will never be the same without Carla'

Paying her respect: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also said that the ‘world will never be the same without Carla’

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also said that the ‘world will never be the same without Carla.’

‘The world will never be the same without Carla Zampatti. Talented, generous and inspiring. A true trailblazer in every respect. Rest In Peace.’ 

‘Very sad to learn of our dear friend Carla Zampatti’s passing,’ wrote former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

'Very sad to learn of our dear friend Carla Zampatti’s passing,' wrote former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

‘Very sad to learn of our dear friend Carla Zampatti’s passing,’ wrote former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

‘One of our greatest Australians – brilliant, innovative, elegant, creative. Embodying the success of our remarkable multicultural nation. Our sympathy and love are with her family.’ 

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Respected designer Carla, 78, died on Saturday.

She passed away after falling down the stairs while attending the opening night of the La Traviata opera on Sydney Harbour last week.

Farewell: Carla, who was 78, passed away after falling down the stairs while attending the opening night of the La Traviata opera on Sydney Harbour last week (pictured)

Farewell: Carla, who was 78, passed away after falling down the stairs while attending the opening night of the La Traviata opera on Sydney Harbour last week (pictured)

She was reportedly knocked unconscious after falling on the bottom steps of the staircase and was then rushed to hospital immediately.

According to The Daily Telegraph, she went into a coma after the fall and never woke up.  

Carla’s death was confirmed via a statement on her official Instagram account on Saturday.

‘It’s with great sadness that we announce the death of fashion icon Carla Zampatti AC today,’ they wrote. 

Statement: Carla's death was confirmed via a statement on her official Instagram account on Saturday

Statement: Carla’s death was confirmed via a statement on her official Instagram account on Saturday

‘Carla is Australia’s most successful and enduring fashion designer, launching her eponymous label in 1965,’ it continued.

‘Carla has long been celebrated for making Australian women feel confident and elegant through her exceptional design, tailoring and understanding of the modern woman.

‘A champion of Australian women and a multicultural success story, she continued to thrive as a businesswoman through enormous radical and social change, designing clothes for women fighting for liberation through the women’s rights movement in the 1960s to empowering women today in leadership, the workplace, in their home and at major life events.’

They finished: ‘The family invite you to share your memories on the Carla Zampatti condolence page through the link in bio.’

Tragic: According to The Daily Telegraph, she went into a coma after the fall and never woke up

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Tragic: According to The Daily Telegraph, she went into a coma after the fall and never woke up



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