Carla Zampatti is an enduring Australian fashion icon. In 2015, in a remarkable feat of longevity, she celebrated the 50th anniversary of her fashion house in Australia. And despite the fact that so many of us have grown up with Carla Zampatti - loving, coveting and wearing her elegant, beautiful designs - very few of us know the private woman behind the brand. And yet it is a compelling, fascinating and ultimately moving story of one woman's determination, ambition, resilience and dreams. Carla was only five when her mother took her to visit the dressmaker in her local small town in Lombardy, Italy. It was then, in a sudden flash of inspiration, that she knew she would become a fashion designer. She was a feisty little girl who had two older brothers - she would run after them up the mountains on their adventures, while they called to her, 'Dai, Carla, e possible farlo,' come on Carla, you can do it! And she never lost that spirit of determination, even when, as an eight-year-old with no English, her family moved across the world to a tiny speck of a town in Western Australia, a place where her dreams of becoming a designer seemed almost out of reach... A household name, a true Australian legend, and an inspiring woman - this is Carla Zampatti, and this is her story.About the AuthorCarla Zampatti opened her first boutique in 1972 in Sydney and over the years, she has build up a national chain of 30 Carla Zampatti boutiques and concept stores across Australia. Nominated as Australian Fashion Laureate in August 2008, Carla Zampatti is also a Companion of the Order of Australia, was a Bulletin/Qantas Businesswoman of the Year, and in 1994 was named by the fashion industry of Australia as Designer of the Year. In 2004, the Italian government appointed Zampatti Commendatore (Commander) in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.