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New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that legendary designer Carla Zampatti will be honoured with a state funeral, following her passing this week.

The much-loved fashion figure died yesterday at the age of 78, a week after falling down a set of steps and and losing consciousness at an opera gala on Sydney Harbour.

In a statement this morning, Berejiklian said: “The family of Australian fashion icon Carla Zampatti AC has accepted the NSW Government’s offer of a State Funeral.”

The Premier extended her “deepest condolences” to the designer’s loved ones, describing her as “talented, generous and inspiring” and “a true trailblazer.”

Details of the state funeral will be released in days to come.

Carla Zampatti was a loved and celebrated figure in the fashion industry and beyond. Born in Italy, she moved to Australia with her family in 1950, and produced her first small fashion collection in 1965.

She launched nationally two years later, and went on to create a chain of boutiques. She was renowned as one of the first designers to introduce swimwear into her collection in Australia.

Zampatti was a favorite of local and international dignitaries, and her clothing has been worn by the likes of Berejiklian, Julia Gillard, Julie Bishop, Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett.

Image: Carla Zampatti