I just watched this documentary “Franca: Chaos and Creation” about the late Franca Sozzani, the editor of Italian Vogue for 28 years. If you know nothing of this incredible woman watch this doco, its on Netflix.
Born in Mantua, Lombardy, northern Italy, in 1950, Sozzani held the position of the editor in chief at Vogue Italia since 1988. Sozzani studied Philosophy and Germanic Literature at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart), graduating in 1973.
Sozzani’s career began as an assistant at the children’s fashion magazine Vogue Bambini in 1976, and was appointed editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia since 1994. Besides her editorial writing, she was active in the worlds of art and photography, provided text for exhibition catalogues, and often collaborated with other writers, journalists and artists on publications.
When Sozzani joined the Vogue Italia, she devoted the magazine to the sensitive social problems, using fashion as approach. Jonathan Newhouse,the chairman of Condé Nast International, considered firing her because the provocative topics she brought to the magazine didn’t blend in the advertising community. For 28 years, Sozzani’s stubborness made Italian Vogue one of a kind. Vogue Italia became a legacy magazine that never goes out of date.
All these were recorded in the documentary called “Franca:Chaos and Creation” by her only child Francesco Carrozzini, who is a photographer and director, and later engaged to Bee Shaffer, daughter of Anna Winter.
Anna Wintour, who was hired and joined Condé Nast the same month in 1988 as Sozzani, wrote a tribute to Franca Sozzani on VOGUE.COM. Speaking of Francesco Carrozzini’s documentary for his mother, she writes: “Francesco perfectly captures her drive and determination, her fearlessness, her beauty, her wild imagination, and her totally original way of fusing social issues with fashion.
Image of Franca Sozzani by Peter Lindberg
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