Franca Sozzani, long term editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, has passed away at the age off 66 in Milan, Italy after suffering a year-long illness.
“This is the saddest news I have ever had to report to you,” chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast Jonathan Newhouse writes in a letter posted to Vogue Italia’s website. “Franca Sozzani, the Editor of Italian Vogue for 28 years, died today in Milan after a year-long illness with her son Francesco by her side.”
“It is an incalculable loss for Vogue and for the fashion world, along with the many people around the world whose lives she touched — readers, photographers, journalists, fashion designers and professionals — and people around the world whom she met through her role at the United Nations.”
“Franca was one of the greatest Editors who ever made a magazine,” the letter continues. “She was by far the most talented, influential and important person within the Condé Nast International organisation.”
Franca leaves behind one son, Emmy Award–nominated director Francesco Carrozzini.