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Carla Zampatti To Return To Australian Fashion Week After Four Year Hiatus

We can’t wait to see this Australian label on the local runways once more.
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Australian fashion label Carla Zampatti has announced its return to Australian Fashion Week (AFW), to showcase the Resort ’25 collection.

“Australian Fashion Week is an event like no other,” Carla Zampatti CEO Alex Schuman said in a statement.

“2024 marks the return of Carla Zampatti to Australian Fashion Week after a four-year absence, and we’re all very excited to bring the brand to the biggest stage in Australian fashion: the Carla Zampatti runway at Australian Fashion Week in Sydney.

“It’s a milestone for the brand as we launch internationally.”

The legacy of Carla Zampatti will continue at Australian Fashion Week 2024. Image: Supplied

The timing is perfect for the brand, which has recently welcomed a new creative director, Karlie Ungar, who previously worked for the likes of Saba and Cue. The Carla Zampatti show will present on opening evening at 6pm, with a further encore presentation at 8pm, which is open to consumers.

Ungar told the Sydney Morning Herald, “This is an opportunity to show what the next chapter looks like…There’s been a lot of time spent in the archive trying to understand the inspiration, the thought process and the way Carla approached collections. The brand has a strong handwriting and consistency but I’m pushing that.”

It’s not just Carla Zampatti that will be showing to the public, with Australian label Acler announcing that it will be one of five labels to showcase to consumers during the week.

“Australian Fashion Week is the most influential event in the Asia-Pacific region, connecting designers with a global audience of fashion industry VIPs.  For the first time, we are thrilled to invite our loyal customers and fashion followers to experience Australia’s annual fashion event firsthand,said Kathryn Forth & Julia Ritorto, Co-Founders of Acler.

Other confirmed shows open to the public include Romance Was Born, Pandora’s AFW Closing Night Runway and the David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway.

Australian Fashion Week is being managed by IMG FOCUS and is supported by the New South Wales Government and its tourism branch Destination NSW. Zampatti an exciting addition to this year’s schedule for show organisers.

Natalie Xenita, vice president-managing director of IMG Fashion Events Asia-Pacific, said, “We are thrilled to announce the return of Carla Zampatti to Australian Fashion Week. Carla herself loved the magic of a runway show, and we are proud to support Alex, Karlie and the entire Carla Zampatti team.”

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Miranda Kerr at a previous Australian Fashion Week. Image: Getty

When Is Australian Fashion Week 2024?

The IMG Australian Fashion Week 2024 will be held between May 13 and May 17 in Sydney.

Where Is Australian Fashion Week?

The shows of all your favourite Australian designers will be scheduled periodically throughout the singular week in May, with most shows on site at Carriageworks, Sydney, but a few held at locations offsite.

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Some shows are open to the public. Image: Getty

When Is The Carla Zampatti Show At Fashion Week?

The Carla Zampatti show will be held at 6pm on May 13, with an encore presentation that is open to consumers at 8pm. For more details on tickets and passes, click here. They will be available from February 5.

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Karlie Ungar at work at Carla Zampatti. Image: Instagram

What Is Australian Fashion Week?

Australian Fashion Week is the country’s only trade fashion event, which brings in over 33,000 attendees and participants across five days. Much like fashion weeks overseas, we see designers showcase the best of the best, with Resort collections shown during the Australian week.

It will also continue the illustrious Next Gen program, which is presented by DHL, a prize given to four up-and-coming designers valued at over $100,000. In 2023, Ruby Pedder, Cameron Hill, Liandra Gaykamangu and Xixi Wu won, showing their collections at AFW and adding their names to the list of previous winners, including Anna Quan, Bec + Bridge and Camilla and Marc.

Where Can I Get Tickets To Australian Fashion Week?

While many shows are invite only for trade and media, there are some consumer tickets available this year to a selection of runways and other smaller events and panels.

Tickets will be available at australianfashionweek.com on Monday, 5th February.

Shows open to the public include:

  • Carla Zampatti, Monday May 13
  • Acler, Tuesday May 14
  • Romance Was Born, Wednesday May 15
  • David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway, Thursday May 16
  • Pandora’s Australian Fashion Week Closing Night Runway, Friday May 17
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Australian Fashion Week is held at Carriageworks in Sydney. Image: Getty

Can I Volunteer at Australian Fashion Week?

The Australian Fashion Week does offer a volunteer program, although applications for this year are not yet available. It’s open to people of all backgrounds seeking experience in events, PR, fashion, media and production.

Who Is On The Australian Fashion Week Schedule?

At this stage we do not know the full schedule for Australian Fashion Week. However we’ve been told that Carla Zampatti will show on opening night.

We will update this section when the schedule is released.

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