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The fash­ion world con­tin­ues to mourn the loss of Franca Sozzani, edi­tor-in-chief of Ital­ian Vogue, who passed away just be­fore Christ­mas. Born in Man­tua, north­ern Italy, Sozzani be­gan her ca­reer as an as­sis­tant at Vogue Bam­bini and quickly rose up the ranks. In 1979 she was named fash­ion di­rec­tor of Lei mag­a­zine, and be­came edi­tor-in-chief of Vogue Italia in 1988. Among the most in­flu­en­tial fash­ion voices in­ter­na­tion­ally, Vogue Italia is re­spected and lauded by the fash­ion elite. In the mag­a­zine’s pages, ca­reers are forged and cel­e­brated.

Un­der her ste­ward­ship, Vogue Italia had the au­dac­ity to throw away the rule­book, cov­er­ing typ­i­cally del­i­cate top­ics such as surgery and racism with in­tel­lect and hu­mour.

Franca’s recog­ni­tion as a United Na­tions good­will am­bas­sador for the Fash­ion 4 De­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tive was one of her ca­reer high­lights. “That’s prob­a­bly the mo­ment in which I un­der­stood, in a very sim­ple way, that I had the power to do some­thing to help other peo­ple,” she once told Vogue Aus­tralia with gen­uine mod­esty.

She was also ac­tive in ini­tia­tives to aid young de­sign­ers and sat on the judg­ing panel for the Wool­mark Prize. In as­so­ci­a­tion with her Wool­mark part­ner­ship, L’Uomo Vogue ded­i­cated an is­sue to Aus­tralia and she vis­ited Syd­ney three years ago, be­com­ing the first in­ter­na­tional am­bas­sador of the Aus­tralian Fash­ion Cham­ber.

She fa­mously wore clothes pur­posely out of sea­son. “I know a lot of peo­ple who buy fash­ion,” she said. “I know, per­haps, only two peo­ple who have style.” Sozzani was the most stylish of women, in­side and out. As we head to our bian­nual Vogue edi­tors’ din­ner this month in Paris, it will be with heavy hearts know­ing that she will not be there with us too.

Ed­wina McCann & the Vogue Aus­tralia team

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