Remembering Franca Sozzani

Editor's Letter, Focus, News

Franca Sozzani, the longtime editor in chief of Vogue Italia passed away. Franca was appointed to the position in 1988, the same month that her counterpart Anna Wintour was named editor in chief of American Vogue.

“Franca was warm, clever, funny, and someone who could give the Sphinx a run for its money when it comes to keeping a confidence,”  Anna Wintour wrote in a tribute. “She was also the hardest-working person I have known, and with an envy-inducing ease with multitasking.”

Franca Sozzani at her desk in Milan

“She was by far the most talented, influential, and important person within the Condé Nast International organization,” Conde Nast International chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse added. “She made Italian Vogue a powerful and influential voice in the worlds of fashion and photography by publishing groundbreaking photography and journalism. In doing so she expanded Vogue beyond what had been the traditional model of a fashion magazine and often courted controversy by doing so.”

During her career, Sozzani nurtured the careers of photographers like Mario Testino, Herb Ritts, and Steven Meisel. She was also know for pushing the envelop editorially, including the 2008 Black Issue, which only featured models of color. The magazine — shot entirely by Meisel — was praised for embracing the beauty of diversity. Her work was significant considering the importance and the impact of representation. 

Sozzani appeared as a mentor on several episodes of “America’s Next Top Model.” Earlier in December she was honored at the Fashion Awards in London with the inaugural Swarovski Award for Positive Change. “Franca is an incredible woman and a force for good, and this award is the perfect celebration of her commitment to positive change, both inside and outside the industry,” commented Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, at that time.

During her tenure at Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue, Franca has given consistent prominence to important social issues and raised significant funds for local and international charities, benefiting a great number of causes.

Franca Sozzani and her son Francesco Carrozzini at the premiere of “Chaos and Creation”

“Words cannot express the huge deal of admiration and respect I have for Franca and her work. She exemplifies those qualities this award has been created to honour, and her tireless commitment to the causes she cares so passionately about is a great example to us all,” added Dame Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council.

She was also recognised for her commitment to her role as Global Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme, her work with Convivio in the fight to eradicate AIDS and the work she does with the European Institute of Oncology towards prevention and diagnosis of oncological diseases.

She was the subject of the documentary “Franca: Chaos and Creation,” which premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival. It was directed by her son Francesco Carrozzini.

Carrozzini was reportedly at his mother’s side when she died. Franca will be truly missed.

Cet article est disponible en: Français

Dec. 22, 2016

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