Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Vogue Italia, dies aged 66

At the helm of Vogue Italia for almost 30 years, she was one of the most powerful and groundbreaking journalists in the fashion industry

Italian fashion magazine editor-in-chief, language Sozzani died a year after the disease. Although she may not be a world-famous American colleague and friend Anna Wintour, she is undoubtedly a huge Italian fashion. The industry responded accordingly. In the United States, “Fashion” magazine’s Web site published a salute, Wintour described her as “the most hard-working people I know, the sky mitigation and multi-tasking.” A Marc Jacobs Instagram wrote: “She will miss the magical contribution of fashion.”

 Sozzani in 2013 with the chairman of Condé Nast International, Jonathan Newhouse, Naomi Campbell and Donatella Versace in 2013

At the helm of the 28-year-old Italy’s most famous fashion magazine, Sozzani famous with photographers including Bruce Weber, Paul Roversi and Steven Meisel magazine, with cutting-edge, topic visual effects, often sparked controversy. Sozzani produced an all-black problem back in 2008, only in the black model. This is reproduced three times. Three years later a large problem. She was the first to embrace the rise of a reality TV star that would have Kim Kardashian on the cover of L ‘Uomo Fashion (she also edited) in 2012, the first two years that American “Fashion” magazine did the same thing.

Sometimes Sozzani’s work was more controversial when the commercial nature of fashion jarred with issues of body image and gender politics. One shoot, in 2005, was based on women having plastic surgery; another, in 2014, prompted by the rise of domestic violence in Italy, featured girls running from knife-wielding men. “Fashion isn’t really about clothes,” she said. “It’s about life.” Sozzani saw anything that was part of the cultural conversation as fair game for a fashion shoot. She wanted to join that conversation.

She works very hard, but Sozzani herself appears quietly in the fashion circuit, familiar with her golden hair, her 50s-style flare skirt, her white shirt, her diamond earrings and a happy smile. This lasted until recently. Despite the oxygen, she appeared in the Fashion Awards earlier this month in London, receiving her prize for a positive change. She finally released her Instagram, Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld in Paris Chanel show the same week.

The Sozzani family is a dynasty at the heart of Italian fashion. Her sister Carla founded the concept store Corso Como, and her son, Francesco Carrozzini, is a video director who worked with Lana Del Rey and Beyoncé. His last film, Franca: Chaos and Creation, a documentary six years in the making, was a portrait of his mother. It will be released in early 2017.

 Anna Wintour and Franca Sozzani in Milan in 2010

Sozzani is fashionable and can be said as she constantly reflects current abilities. “It’s not that I do not think about the past, but it’s a waste of time,” she told Observer newspaper at the end of November. “If you are trapped in the past and benefit from it, then your creativity is stuck, because you do not give yourself a chance to develop.”