Life Story-Franca Sozzani

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One of the most influential editors, and one of the biggest fashion icons today with its appearance, Vogue Italia‘s late Franca Sozzani. When we mention Franca, immediately associates the originality and quality, in every sense.


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Born in Mantua, Lombardy, northern Italy, Franca in 1973 graduated Germanic languages and literature and philosophy at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. She was married at the age of 20, but divorced three months later. She has a son, Francesco Carrozzini who is famous director and photographer. Her profession, after which she will be remembered started in 1976 as an assistant at the children’s fashion magazine Vogue Bambini. She directed the publications Lei beginning in 1980 and Per Lui starting in 1982 before heading up Vogue Italia in 1988.

Franca also published some of her blog posts from the “Editor’s Notes” pages of Vogue it as a book / I capricci della moda. With photographer Amanda Eliasch, she wrote photography and art books as well as “British Artists at Work”.


Franca Sozzani with her son Francesco Carrozzini

Franca also published some of her blog posts from the “Editor’s Notes” pages of Vogue it as a book / I capricci della moda. With photographer Amanda Eliasch, she wrote photography and art books as well as “British Artists at Work“. In 2006 she became editor of Vogue L’Uomo and in 2011, launched Vogue Curvy, staffed by plus-size bloggers who offer fashion tips, and in 2015, she took  over editorship of Vogue Sposa and Vogue Bambini. She was also appointed editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia in 1994.

Franca was very specific when it comes to writing and publications. She wrote about drug abuse, domestic violence. Her publications include also Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010, “The Black Issue” (including only models of colour), “Rebranding Africa” and “Makeover” (dedicated to the exploring phenomenon of plastic surgery). She also collaborated with various artists such Vanessa Beecroft on exhibits and performances.

Franca helped in creating the phenomenon of the supermodel together with Steven Meisel, her closest long-term collaborator and she also championed a group of photographers including Peter Lindbergh, Paolo Roversi, Bruce Weber, Michel Comte, giving them a freedom in choosing models and subjects.

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Franca has received many prestigious awards including Legion of Honour by French president Nicolas Sarkozy. In 2012, she became a United Nations Goodwill ambassador. In 2014, she was named a global ambassador against hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme and received the Swarovski Fashion Award for Positive Change in 2016. 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.

Franca Sozzani died after a year-long illness on 22 December 2016, at the age of 66.

“If you have a big dream you can make it. So you have to dream on a big scale. Martin Luther King said that he dreamed one day his kids would be appreciated for their character, their knowledge, not the colour of their skin. Forty years later we have a black president. So you have to think and fight for the big things. The dreams should be huge. Of course you can dream to have a bag, but that’s a small dream.” – FRANCA SOZZANI

“I want to protect other women who can’t stand up for themselves. But at the same time it seems a lot of women behave stupidly because they only want to get married and have kids and have a rich man and beautiful clothes. These women do not deserve anything from me.” – FRANCA SOZZANI

“I don’t like fashionistas. They only wear the brand. You want to become a fashionista? Easy! Spend money.” – FRANCA SOZZANI

“Giving back is the new luxury.” – FRANCA SOZZANI

“Bloggers now have no concept. They are given things; they put them on, take pictures and then just disappear from sight. Who cares?” – FRANCA SOZZANI

Remembering Franca through photos.

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Boyana Keko

Boyanakeko is current student at the Faculty of Psychology at Sapienza University of Rome. She is editor-in-chief and author at Vitae Moderna. ✉️