Yesterday morning I heard the disturbing news that one of my role models has passed away a the age of 66, it is Franca Sozzani, the editor in chief of Vogue Italia from 1988-2016. The cause of her death is linked to cancer of one year.
What I’ve always admired about Sozzani was her intellectual perspective in fashion, to her fashion wasn’t only a fantasy but a business and a representation of the world that surrounds us. Not only were the images beautiful, but they were different perspectives on race, gender, pop culture, interpreting news into fashion. Sozzani kept Vogue Italia a representation of modern fashion.
I love these two editorials below because there is a sense of combining artwork with fashion. These two fashion photos look like they’re inspired by the past.
Franca Sozzani is most well known for introducing and popularizing photographer Steven Meisel, his photography shaped Vogue Italia. She was one of the first fashion editors to defend bloggers.To add on to the mix she was a humanitarian by serving as Ambassador to Fashion for the United Nations.
Sozzani’s accolades include the French Legion d’Honneur and the Swarovski Award for Positive Change.
There is a documentary film about Franca Sozzani, directed by her son, Franceso Carrozzini, Franca: Chaos and Creation.
To me, Franca Sozzani is the representation that a woman can be fashionable, humane and intellectual. The perfect role model of the 21st century. A woman is not one or the other but a mix of everything. You will be missed Franca Sozzani, but your work will never be forgotten.