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FRANCA SOZZANI (January 20, 1950 – December 22, 2016) Editor-In-Chief of VOGUE ITALIA by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

FRANCA SOZZANI (January 20, 1950 – December 22, 2016) was an Italian journalist and the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia from 1988 to 2016.


Franca Sozzani passed away today in Milan. She grew up in Mantua, a small city in Northern Italy. After completing a degree in philosophy and Germanic language and literature. She studied literature and philosophy at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, graduating in 1973. Her career began at Vogue Bambini in 1976 and directed legendary publications LEI since 1980 and PER LUI since 1982 before heading up the Italian edition of VOGUE in 1988. She was appointed editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia in 1994.

In the 90s, Sozzani helped create the phenomenon of the supermodel with one of her closest long-term collaborators, Steven Meisel, and she has championed a group of photographers such as Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, and Paolo Roversi.

Memorable issues of her magazine, Vogue Italia, include “The Black Issue” (an entire issue devoted to celebrate black women’s beauty), “Makeover” (dedicated to the exploding phenomenon of plastic surgery) and most recently L’Uomo Vogue “Rebranding Africa”, for which she was awarded several international prizes.

In February 2011, she launched Vogue Curvy — an arm of vogue. It staffed by plus-size bloggers who offer fashion tips for the full-figured.

She was a founding member of CHILD PRIORITY – a  non-profit organization created by Condé Nast to offer concrete study and work opportunities for those who have none despite being talented and artistically gifted.

 Awards and Honors
In 2012 Sozzani was awarded the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur by French president Nicolas Sarkozy. The same year she became a United Nations Goodwill ambassador
She was also awarded several prizes for her contribution to art and culture including: La Lupa (from the City of Rome, for rending Italian fashion known throughout the world), the Premiolino, the Ambrogino d’oro (for making the city of Milan more cosmopolitan and famous around the world) and the Montblanc de La Culture (Art Patronage Award 2007).
She received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2012.
She received the highly praised prize from the Fashion awards in 2016, which was the Swarovski award for positive change.


30 Years of Italian Vogue (1994)
Visitors: 20 Museums for the Florence Biennale of Fashion and Art (1996)
A Noir: An exploration of the colour Black between fashion and art, published by Assouline (1998)
Style in Progress: 30 years of L’Uomo Vogue (1998)
Valentino’s Red Book (2000)
British Artists At Work: An itinerary among the most important British artists of the time, published by Assouline (2003)
“Here’s what I think: Fashion isn’t really about clothes. It’s about life.” —Franca Sozzani, 2013
“My view is not just to find young talents, it’s to support them too.” —Franca Sozzani
“Today it’s normal. Photos used to be a support to the text, but we turned things around, reducing the words to a minimum.” —Franca Sozzani
“This is a choice I made 26 years ago when I joined the magazine. Vogue was in Italian but I wanted to speak to everyone so I thought of creating images that were made to talk.” —Franca Sozzani
“Vogue is not a practical magazine, it provides sensations, feeling, moods, you like the photos.” —Franca Sozzani
“Fashion is a mirror of the era in which we live. Why should the magazine be disconnected from reality? It’s not like in the past.” —Franca Sozzani
“Giving back is the new luxury.” —Franca Sozzani

Vogue Italia “Black Issue” all-black models special edition, July 2008

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Please view VOGUE: Franca Sozzani Remembered by Anna Wintour

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