Franca Sozzani, Italian journalist, Died at 66


Franca Sozzani was born on January 20, 1950, and died on December 22, 2016.

She was an Italian journalist and the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia from 1988 to 2016.

She grew up in Mantua, a small city in northern Italy.

When she completed a degree in philosophy and Germanic language and literature, she married at the age of 20, divorcing three months later.

Franca Sozzani studied literature and philosophy at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, graduating in 1973.

Franca Sozzani’s career began at Vogue Bambini in 1976 and directed legendary publications LEI since 1980 and PER LUI since 1982 before heading up the Italian edition of VOGUE in 1988.

Franca Sozzani was appointed editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia in 1994.

During the 90s, he helped create the phenomenon of the supermodel with one of her closest long-term collaborators, Steven Meisel, and she has championed a group of photographers such as Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, and Paolo Roversi.

Franca Sozzani 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 passed away at 66 years old.