Carla Zampatti | Portrait Story

Carla Zampatti | Portrait Story


(calming music) – Italy’s a very beautiful
country then I remember being in this church and gazing at
the ceiling and the frescoes. And being wondrous about
the wonderful draping on the saints. And I think that’s where
my first idea of maybe, first connection with texture, a textile. But then my mother took me to a dressmaker and I discovered what
I wanted to do in life at the age of six. I decided I wanted to
be a fashion designer. I wanted to create beautiful fashion. I think if you have something
in mind that you really love that you know you will love,
eventually, you find a way. Women’s role in society
has changed enormously. It was unusual for a woman to want to start her own business. In fact, in the public
sector if you got married, you had to leave your job. Things changed dramatically from mid 60s, which is when I started, and
I kind of was really fortunate because I was on the crest of
that change the whole time. I was part of that change. I was one of the many women
who wanted to have a job, wanted to have a career,
wanted to be in charge of their existence, their life. Wanted to really take hold of their life. And so, that was important. So it was really wonderful. And throughout my career,
I have seen the evolution of women in the workforce. I get a lot of emails from my clients, and they’ll tell me that my
product gives them confidence, makes them look beautiful. Discover something in their
souls that they didn’t know. And that is what I always wanted to do. I really believe that women make a wonderful contribution in society. And it’s very important for them to feel good about themselves. If you’re wearing something
that you really like and that you know is
bringing out the best in you, you can forget about that item
and just get on with life. And that’s what I try and do
and I’m told by my clients that is what, in fact, my product does. So that is why I’m still
working at this very late point of my life. I’ve learned to value my own taste. It’s a skill that when
you’ve been practising as long as I have, you
develop and you rely upon it. But the skill, really
believing in what you do, and the fact that you’re
good at what you do, is something that doesn’t
happen immediately. It takes years and years of
practice to become confident. But I’m not over confident. Each collection that I
launch I think, oh my God, what if they hate this one? What if they pan me? And that kind of
nervousness is really good because it makes you try hard. And I actually believe
competition is excellent. That’s stimulating. You know you have to try hard. You know you have to be good, otherwise why would
your client come to you? I actually think women have inspired me. I think their drive,
their will to achieve, Dame Quentin Bryce for
instance, is inspirational. She’s also a friend. And I just think women who
have the courage to pursue what they want to pursue
and manage so well, they are inspiring. In fashion, you become
synonymous with your brand. So that portrait was in fact taken for the Harper’s Bazaar
Woman of the Year Award. And when I was asked would
I mind if they created that into a portrait, I was very honoured. Because I think there’s something magical about portraits, about people. I love portraits. They are my favourite. Portraits of people, particularly people that
have done something, are very interesting. And this is where it’s
landed which is fabulous. It’s a great honour. I’m delighted, thank you.

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