Vogue Italia's editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani passes at age 66
Just before 2016 draws to a close, the industry loses yet another of its mavericks; a true thought leader who built her legacy upon challenging fashion's deep-seeded sentiments. Franca Sozzani never simply listened. She questioned. Assuming her role of editor-in-chief at Vogue Italia in 1988, the ripple effect of her work was never bound by the publication's language — her visual voice of change ringing loud and clear, transcending geographical boundaries.
Sozzani saw a need to delve into the topics that many wouldn't dream of discussing, creating a body of work that stands the test of time. Till today, Vogue Italia's 2008 black issue that brought the beauty of coloured-skinned women to the forefront of media and an editorial in 2005 that took the taboo subject of plastic surgery head on, reveals guts that many speak of, but little actually possess. Passing on at age 66 last night after battling her sickness for a year, the industry bands together — honouring a luminary who will be sorely missed.