by: Donte Hampton

Shock waves echoed throughout the fashion world as the news was announced. On December 22, 2016 the 66 year old editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia had died.

Franca Sozzani was her name, and her status as a fashion icon shall live forever. In 1988, Vogue Italia changed forever, that was the year Franca, the confident, strong-willed, charismatic young woman took the helm of the Condé Nast publication, and in 1994 was given the position of editorial director for Condé Nast Italia.

Known as one of the longest serving editor’s of any Vogue publication (with the exception of Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue; The two were hired the same month), Franca helped shape the Italian fashion magazine. In doing so, she made it something more than a fashion magazine. She merged all medium of art from grunge fashion, to evocative scenes that belonged in an R-rated movie.

Ms. Sozzani has published several special issues tackling a wide range of topics including plastic surgery, domestic violence, racism and the environment, some of which have landed Vogue Italia on the topic of the Nightly News and some pushing the envelope so far that Condé Nast threatened to fire her.Alas, numbers speak, and respect is given when it’s due.

Alas, numbers speak, and respect is given when it’s due. Franca has earned the title of goodwill ambassador for the U.N. A role in which I’m sure she took to with extreme pleasure and gratitude. (*Not to assume that the author knows the magnum of Italian fashion) But ones work does speak to the nature of who they are.

However, one’s work does speak to the nature of whom one is. Franca was…is known as a curator of sorts. She discovered, molded and gave freedom to some of arts most notable names. Note the use of “art” and not just “fashion,” because design, photography, and even modeling is an art form.

Earlier this year her son Francesco Carrozzini debuted a fashion documentary on his mother titled Franca: Chaos and Cration. The film is said to be a film of love; the love between a mother and son, while depicting what it’s like to be the editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine and mother. I’m sure fashion enthusiasts like myself will be eagerly awaiting the film to arrive on our television sets.

Franca, may you rest in peace, and may your legacy live for decades to come.

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