In the fashion world, Franca Sozzani had the kind of star status usually reserved for previous CFDA Fashion Icons such as Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga. Sozzani’s chicly quiet demeanor firmly suggested this was never deliberately sought out. Instead, she earned the admiration through her inspiring work as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia for 28 years. With her magical vision and an unwavering support to fashion, she let photographers like Steven Meisel, Paolo Roversi and Peter Lindbergh and stylists like Patti Wilson push their creative boundaries, and propelled unknown women into the supermodel-sphere by featuring them on the influential Italian Vogue cover.
Along the way, she helped young designers rise through the fashion ranks; worked tirelessly to in the fight against AIDS; embraced sustainability through Fashion 4 Development at the United Nations, and championed diversity in fashion—most notably with her memorable black issue of Vogue in 2008.
Sozzani was not just the best ambassador for Italian Fashion, but for all of fashion.