Franca Sozanni

A fashion icon & a fearless eye

Above: June 2011. Fashion Page / Home Page: Toccara Jones, All Black Issue, July 2008.

    BY: Liz MacDonald

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

When Franca Sozanni passed away late last year, the fashion world lost a singular talent. As Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia (the longest-serving Vogue editor other than Anna Wintour), Sozanni created some of the most visually arresting and provocative fashion photography of our time—often confronting subjects we might otherwise choose to ignore, but so unfailingly gorgeous we never wanted to look away. 

Franca Sozanni, above all, believed in the power of a beautiful image. From Vogue Italia’s 2008 Black Issueexclusively featuring women of color, to the Curves Issue in 2010, she used photography as way to tell essential stories, exploring subject matter that might otherwise be off-limits. Under her guidance, fashion was never escapism: “Fashion isn’t really about clothes,” she has said, “it’s about life.” True to her vision, Sozanni raised the bar for fashion photography, and in the process our idea of beauty was elevated as well.

Sozanni’s son, Franceso Carrozzini, has created a fascinating tribute to his mother with the film Franca: Chaos and Creation. The critically-acclaimed documentary includes interviews with Karl Lagerfeld, Bruce Weber, Baz Luhrmann, and Courtney Love among others, and gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Sozanni’s creative process as well as her vulnerabilities, past and present. After watching the trailer (above), you won’t want to miss it.

Enjoy a few of Franca Sozanni’s most iconic editorials and images, below.

 

Vogue Italia, All Black Issue. July 2008.
Naomi Campbell, All Black Issue. July 2008.

 

Vogue Italia, July 2008
July 2008

 

Vogue Italia, September 1998
September 1998

 

Vogue Italia, January 2003
January 2003

 

December 2002
December 2002

 

March 2007
March 2007

 

June 2015
June 2015

 

May 1993
May 1993

 

February 2012
February 2012

 

March 2016
March 2016