Carla Sozzani

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Carla Sozzani is the Italian gallerist and founder of Galleria Carla Sozzani and the creator of 10 Corso Como in Milan.[1][2][3][4]

Life and work[edit]

Born in Mantua, Italy,in the year 1947, Sozzani graduated from Bocconi University, Milan. While attending University in the late 60’s and early 70’s, she began working as an editor for several Italian fashion magazines.

In the following decade, Sozzani was editor-in-chief for all Italian Vogue's special issues working with photographers and artists Sarah Moon, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Paolo Roversi, Robert Mapplethorpe, Williamo Wegman and Deborah Turbeville.

In 1986, Sozzani left Italian Vogue and was appointed by Alexander Liberman as editor-at-large for American Vogue for Italy.[5]

In 1987 Sozzani launched Italian Elle as editor in chief, where she worked with photographers Steven Meisel, Nick Knight, Peter Lindbergh, Juergen Teller ; the illustrators Mats Gustafson and Francis Berthoud[citation needed].

In 1989 Sozzani met American artist Kris Ruhs, beginning a collaboration in both their lives and work.

In 1990 she started Galleria Carla Sozzani[6] at 10 Corso Como in Milan. Her first published book was on Walter Albini, and was followed by books on Pierre Cardin, Rudi Gernreich, Paco Rabanne and photography catalogs.

She subsequently oversaw more than 250 exhibitions of photography and design, showcasing the works of artists including Man Ray, Horst, Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, David La Chapelle, Jean Prouvè, Marc Newson, Shiro Kuramata, Loretta Lux and Robert Polidori[citation needed].

In 1991, other spaces within 10 Corso Como joined the Galleria, including a fashion and design store, an expanded bookstore, a café restaurant with city garden, a hotel named Three Rooms and a roof garden.[7][8][9][10]

In 2000 Sozzani started a collaboration with lifelong friend Azzedine Alaïa on the brand Alaïa.

In 2001 she edited the book “Talking to Myself” with Yohji Yamomoto which was published by Carla Sozzani and Steidl. She curated the photography exhibition at the MEP in Paris.

In 2002 Sozzani opened 10 Corso Como Comme des Garçons in Tokyo,[11] a co-venture store with Rei Kawakubo.

In 2008, in a joint venture with Samsung Group, she created 10 Corso Como in Seoul,[12][13] a three-store location combining fashion, art, design and cuisine, designed by Kris Ruhs.

On 31 March 2012, 10 Corso Como opened its second location in Seoul - 10 Corso Como at Avenue L, also designed by Kris Ruhs.[14]