It is a sad day in the Fashion Industry, as we bid a sweet Arrivederci to Italy’s editor-in-chief for Vogue Magazine, Franca Sozzani.
Franca had served as editor-in-chief to the world’s most influential Italian fashion magazine for 28 years. She passed away in Milan on Thursday after a year-long illness. She was 66 years old.
In September, some of the world’s top names in fashion came together for the 73rd Venice Film Festival to pay tribute, and attend the Premier of Franca: Chaos and Creation. The Docu-film Directed by her son, Francisco Carrozzini takes an intimate look into the life of his mother.
Earlier this month, on Dec 5th Sozzani was the first recipient of The Swarovski Award for Positive Change from the British Fashion Council (Pictured above). The recognition was part of the annual Fashion Awards with Swarovski. Franca was an honored recipient for her commitment to diversity, her ongoing efforts to raise funds for local and international charities, as well as her unsung work as Global Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Program.
Franca was never afraid to push to envelope or think outside the box, and was more often ahead of the game. During Milan Fashion Week, she sought out the designers who were already implementing eco sustainable fashion.
One of her most celebrated issues of Vogue Italia included “The Black Issue”, which featured only women of color in a celebration of their beauty. The July 2008 issue which featured only black models, photographed by Steven Meisel, became the highest selling issue of Italian Vogue in its history. The issue had run out of print twice, which marked the first time in Condé Nast history that the magazine reprinted an issue to satisfy demand. The reprinted copies had the tag lines: “Most Wanted Issue Ever” and “First Reprint” banded across the front.
American Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour made this statement via Vogue.com:
Franca and I began our careers as editors in chief at around the same time, but that didn’t automatically admit us to some exclusive club where all Vogue editors are BFFs; in fact, I think for the first few years we just circled each other, quietly. More…
Rest In Peace Beautiful Franca Sozzani…