More than frock-clad mannequins, Zampatti empowered change

New exhibition on trailblazing Australian Designer Carla Zampatti offers a social lens for gender-based, and multicultural narratives through fashion.
model in fashion shoot wearing Carla Zampatti

We are getting better at celebrating our pioneers in Australia, especially those pioneers who happen to be women and from diverse backgrounds.

In a new survey exhibition at Powerhouse Ultimo, Italian-born Australian fashion designer and icon, Carla Zampatti (1938-2021) will be celebrated not only for her contribution to our local fashion and manufacturing industry, but for her capacity to empower women.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina