Franca Sozzani, editor of Italian Vogue, has died at the age of 66 after a year-long illness.
Sozzani began her career at Vogue Bambini in 1976, and with her own magazine, has led the Italian version of Vogue for more than 28 years. She was adored by everyone she worked with, including journalists, designers and photographers.
“Franca was one of the greatest editors who ever made a magazine,” Condé Nast International’s chairman and chief executive, Jonathan Newhouse, writes in tribute to Sozzani. He also said that this was the saddest news he ever had to report.
“She was by far the most talented, influential and important person within the Condé Nast International organisation. 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.”
One of her most celebrated issues of the magazine was July 2008’s “The Black Issue,” which showed only women of color, in celebration of their beauty. Another is 2012’s L’Uomo Vogue “Rebranding Africa” issue, which had 67-year-old Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the UN, on the cover.
Sozzani told the Telegraph in 2013: “Fashion is not only about a piece of fabric. If you think about all the fashion movements we have had in the years, they came from a situation that’s social, economical and political. So why should we not reflect our time?”
Sozzani had one son who was reportedly by her side before her passing.
In a statement on American Vogue’s website, Anna Wintour said: “Very recently Franca was the subject of a documentary directed by her son, Francesco Carrozzini, Franca: Chaos and Creation. He perfectly captures her drive and determination, her fearlessness, her beauty, her wild imagination, and her totally original way of fusing social issues with fashion. He always understood that she was no ordinary mother.”