Franca Sozzani, editor–in-chiel of Italian Vogue for 22 years, passed away in Milan at the age of 66. Too young. But as people say, “God picks the most beautiful flowers for his garden.”
It’s enough to read what Sozzani’s friends and colleagues are writing about her to realize that indeed Franca Sozzani was very special. Charismatic, dynamic, visionary, creative, kind, funny, are just some words used to describe her all over the internet.
Apart from Sozzani’s unique vision of the fashion industry, the iconic Italian Vogue editor left her mark as a philanthropist. She was the creative director of Convivio, the AIDS initiative that Gianni Versace launched in 1992. She also founded Child Priority with Jonathan Newhouse of Condé Nast, to create work and career opportunities for underprivileged children. Later Sozzani also took on the role of Global Ambassador against hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme as well as Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion 4 Development.
Get to know more about Franca Sozzani watching Chaos and Creation. It’s a movie directed by her son, Francesco Carrozzini, who created an intimate portrait of his beloved mother.
Photos by Vogue, Man Repeller, Alexander Norheim, Getty Image.