Franca Sozzani was an Italian journalist and the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia from 1988 to 2016. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about her!
1.Franca Sozzani was born on January 20, 1950.
2. Franca Sozzani was born and grew up in Mantua, a city in Lombardy, northern Italy.
3. She studied Germanic language and literature and philosophy at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, graduating in 1973.
4. She married at the age of 20, divorcing three months later
5. Franca Sozzani’s career began as an assistant at the children’s fashion magazine Vogue Bambini in 1976.
6. She directed the publications Lei beginning in 1980 and Per Lui starting in 1982 before heading up the Italian edition of Vogue in 1988.
7. In the 1990s, Sozzani helped create the phenomenon of the supermodel with one of her closest long-term collaborators, Steven Meisel.
8. She also championed a group of photographers including Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, and Paolo Roversi, giving them complete freedom to choose models and subjects, and encouraging them to experiment with their work.
9. Franca Sozzani was appointed editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia in 1994.
10. In 2006 she became editor of Vogue l’Uomo and in February 2011, she launched Vogue Curvy, staffed by plus-size bloggers who offer fashion tips for the full-figured.
11. In September 2015 she took over editorship of Vogue Sposa and Vogue Bambini.
12. Franca Sozzani was known for including topics and issues in her magazine which other fashion publications avoided, such as domestic violence, drug abuse and recovery, and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010.
13. Issues of her magazine included “The Black Issue” (which featured only models of colour), “Makeover” (dedicated to the exploding phenomenon of plastic surgery) and most recently “Rebranding Africa”.
14, In 2010, Sozzani published a selection of her blog posts from the “Editor’s Notes” pages of Vogue.It as a book, I capricci della moda.
15. As well as her editorial writing, Sozzani also wrote photography and art books, and provided text for exhibition catalogues, often collaborating with other writers, journalists and artists on publications.
16. Franca Sozzani collaborated with artists Maurizio Cattelan and Vanessa Beecroft on exhibits and performances.
17. She also curated several exhibitions and retrospectives, including: 30 Years of Italian Vogue (Mario Testino), Vietnam Story and My Own Story in Vogue (Bruce Weber), Women (Peter Lindbergh), Francesco Scavullo’s, and Portraits of Elegance (Milan Triennale).
18. Franca Sozzani contributed to a number of charitable organisations. She 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.
19. In addition, she worked with the AIDS organisation Convivo and from March 2013 she was the president of the European Institute of Oncology Foundation
20. In 2012 Sozzani was awarded the Legion of Honour by French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
21. The same year she became a United Nations Goodwill ambassador.
22. In 2014, she was named a global ambassador against hunger for the United Nations’ World Food Program.
23. In 2016 Sozzani received the Swarovski Fashion Award for Positive Change.