Franca Sozzani, the Editor of Vogue Italia for 28 years, died today in Milan after a year-long illness.
My view is not just to find young talents, it’s to support them too.
We had the honour to met her during some editions of Altaroma “Who is on next ?” that took place at our Nazionale Spazio Eventi. As she moved around the space, her class and grace filled the air with a precious fragrance of elegance and natural style.
Franca was born in Mantova, she studied literature and philosophy at University in Milan instead, and married soon after, although she knew, as she later admitted, that the marriage was doomed before she walked into the church.
When she returned from her “odyssey”, she stumbled into a job at Vogue Bambini. By 1980, she landed the editorship of Lei, aimed at young women, with Per Lui, its male counterpart, following in 1982. When Oliviero Toscani, her key photographer, moved on from her magazines, she began nurturing a dazzling talent roster of emerging photographers including Mario Testino, Paolo Roversi, Herb Ritts, Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Weber, and Steven Meisel, all of whom were attracted by the unprecedented editorial freedom that she gave them, and her passion for photography.
She was one of the greatest Editors who ever made a magazine. She was by far the most talented, influential and important person within the Condé Nast International organisation. She made Vogue Italia a powerful and influential voice in the worlds of fashion and photography by publishing ground-breaking photography and journalism.
While Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue were the focus of her professional life, she also had been Editorial Director of Condé Nast Italy since 1994. In recent years she also served as the Ambassador to Fashion for the United Nations, a mission which took her around the world to bring support to the fashion world and the people behind it in places like Africa, Asia and regions beyond the usual fashion venues.
The world has lost an icon and a pioneer of fashion and style, the gallery is a celebration of her amazing life.
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