I can­not li­ve wi­thout dreams. If you have a big dream you can make it. So you have to dream on a big sca­le.”

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you can ma­na­ge to lea­ve a trail be­hind you, so­me­thing in­de­pen­dent of your fa­mi­ly, then you be­co­me a part of hi­sto­ry.” This was one of the ph­ra­ses of­ten re­pea­ted by Fran­ca Sozzani, the for­mer edi­tor of who pas­sed away at the age of 66 in De­cem­ber. Her de­par­tu­re from the in­ter­na­tio­nal fa­shion sy­stem has left a big void, wi­th an im­pact that is still hard to ful­ly as­sess. What li­ves on, in­stead, wi­th the sa­me for­ce as when she was ali­ve, is an ex­cep­tio­nal le­ga­cy in terms of com­mit­ment, creativity and sup­port for young ta­lent. It is the com­pe­ti­tion for new ta­len­ts of the fa­shion sy­stem, crea­ted in 2005 as a platform to iden­ti­ty new de­si­gners. At the ti­me of its de­but the event see­med li­ke an im­pos­si­ble wa­ger: in that pe­riod, in fact, the Ita­lian fa­shion sy­stem was caught bet­ween the big na­mes, wi­th no real­ly new pro­po­sals, and a vir­tual ab­sen­ce of pu­blic in­sti­tu­tions, wi­thout pri­va­te in­vest­ment in in­no­va­tion. Abo­ve all, the sy­stem re­lied on an ob­so­le­te, lum­be­ring mo­dus ope­ran­di, that of the Na­tio­nal Cham­ber of Ita­lian Fa­shion. Ne­ver­the­less, the fir­st edi­tion of

brought so­me­thing different, and re­vo­lu­tio­na­ry, to the attention of all. It im­me­dia­te­ly rai­sed to pro­mi­nen­ce two na­mes that would be­co­me ve­ry im­por­tant: Tom­ma­so Aqui­la­no/ro­ber­to Ri­mon­di (then cal­led 6267, who la­ter al­so be­ca­me the crea­ti­ve di­rec­tors of Gian­fran­co Fer­ré) and Al­bi­no (who now has his own li­ne, as Al­bi­no Teo­do­ro). The li­st of suc­ces­si­ve winners is proof of the im­por­tan­ce of the com­pe­ti­tion: Ni­co­las Kir­k­wood, Mar­co De Vin­cen­zo, MSGM, Stel­la Jean, Au Jour Le Jour, Pau­la Ca­de­mar­to­ri, Ar­thur Ar­bes­ser, An­drea In­con­tri, Ch­ri­stian Pel­liz­za­ri, Umit Be­nan, An­drea Pom­pi­lio, Lu­cio Va­not­ti, Fa­bio Quaranta. A brain drain re­ver­sal, as again­st all ex­pec­ta­tions Ita­ly be­co­mes a coun­try for the young: year af­ter year, has ma­na­ged to bring to­ge­ther ta­lent and in­du­stry, ideas and fi­nan­ces. And the sto­ry con­ti­nues: in 2008, the suc­cess of the ini­tia­ti­ve led to the de­ve­lo­p­ment of

another pu­bli­shing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion platform wi­th the sa­me ob­jec­ti­ves. Over the years, Fran­ca Sozzani be­ca­me the god­mo­ther and pro­mo­ter-mem­ber of the Pre­si­dent of the

Pre­si­dent of Glo­bal Am­bas­sa­dor Again­st Hun­ger of the

Her ac­ti­vi­ties and po­si­tions we­re many, and il­lu­strious, im­pos­si­ble to ou­tli­ne in a small article. What we can men­tion is the fact that the ex­pe­ri­ment Vo­gue Ta­len­ts has been a dream co­me true in Ita­ly, a coun­try that near­ly al­ways clips the wings of young ta­len­ts, ra­ther than gi­ving them a chan­ce to fly. “And you should ne­ver ever be cheap wi­th your dreams,” Fran­ca would say wi­th a smi­le. “Dream big. And then find so­meo­ne to sup­port you.” and have brought the big sup­port eve­ry lit­tle drea­mer required. A prac­ti­cal la­bo­ra­to­ry, still per­fec­tly func­tio­ning to­day, ca­pa­ble of serving up the fa­vo­ri­te de­li­ca­cy of the fa­shion sy­stem: the new, wi­th all its in­di­spen­sa­ble qua­li­ties for the ne­ces­sa­ry re­newal of the sec­tor.

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