State funeral to be held on April 15

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The state funeral for fashion trailblazer Carla Zampatti will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on April 15.

Ms Zampatti was hospitalised after a fall at the premiere of La Traviata on Sydney Harbour on March 27, and died a week later. She was 78.

The designer’s family accepted the offer of a state funeral from Gladys Berejiklian’s government.

Carla Zampatti died after a fall in Sydney. (Carla Zampatti)

The premier described the businesswoman as a “trailblazer in every respect and a role model for generations of Australians”.

Thousands who had worn and loved her clothes paid tribute to the iconic designer in the days after her death.

She has been remembered as an innovator and a champion for women.

Ms Zampatti was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987 for service to the fashion industry as a designer and manufacturer.

Carla Zampatti
Celebrated Australian fashion designer Carla Zampatti died on April 3, a week after falling down stairs at Mrs Macquarie Point in Sydney. (WireImage)

In 2009 she was also made a Companion of the Order of Australia for her service through leadership and management roles in the fashion and retail property sectors, multicultural broadcasting, and as a role model and mentor to women.

Ms Zampatti is survived by her three children – Alexander Schuman, Bianca Spender who is also a fashion designer, and Allegra Spender – and nine grandchildren.