The Editor in Chief of Italian Vogue, Franca Sozzani passed away today aged 66.
She may not have been as well known as her American counterpart but she was a force to be reckoned with. As well as EIC of Vogue Italia she also served as the Ambassador to Fashion for the United Nations, this work took her around the world to bring support to the fashion world and the people behind it in places like Africa, Asia and regions beyond the usual fashion venues. In her UN role she also joined the fight against hunger in poor countries and helped raise awareness of the issue along with money. She carried out these activities with deep commitment and energy.
"Franca was one of the greatest Editors who ever made a magazine," Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive of Conde Nast says in an open letter on vogue.it. "She was by far the most talented, influential and important person within the CondeÌ Nast International organisation."
She will be sorely missed by all in the fashion industry and touching tributes are already flooding in from designers, fellow editors, models & celebrities.
"Farewell to Franca Sozzani, a woman who believed fashion could be more. ‘We can’t always be writing about flowers’" – Vanessa Friedman
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HOW DO YOU SAY GOODBYE TO NOT ONLY A FRIEND BUT A TRUE INSPIRATION ? SOMEONE YOU LOVED AS A PERSON AND WHO YOU GREW UP ADMIRING FROM A FAR ? MY DARLING FRANCA YOUR ENCOURAGING WORDS, YOUR INSIGHTFUL STORIES, YOUR WIT, HUMOR AND RADIANT SMILE WILL LEAVE A BLANK SPACE IN MY HEART & THIS WORLD NEVER TO BE FILLED BY ANYONE AGAIN. I LOVE YOU AND CHERISH YOUR MEMORY FOREVER.
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Our thoughts are with her family & friends.