It is with great sadness that we report 2016 has taken yet another beloved visionary and this one much, much too soon. Franca Sozzani, the beloved fashion visionary and Vogue Italia editor-in-chief passed away today from an illness she had been battling for a year. She was only 66.
The news broke via Condé Nast Chief Executive Jonathan Newhouse, who wrote on the Vogue Italia website that this is, “The saddest news I have ever had to report to you.” She is honored simply and powerfully on her magazine’s homepage with her name, Franca, and a heart.
At the helm of the magazine for 28 years, Sozzani was known for her daring editorials, for championing photographers like Ellen von Unwerth and Bruce Weber and for her infectious, positive energy – something that’s often lacking in the fashion world. She was also known for her philanthropic work, serving as a goodwill ambassador for the UN.
Fashion has lost a great. You will be dearly missed, Franca.