Carla Sozzani (born 1947) is an Italian book and magazine editor, gallerist and businesswoman. She founded Galleria Carla Sozzani in 1989 and is the creator of 10 Corso Como art/fashion establishment in Milan.
Early life and education
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Sozzani was born in Mantua in 1947. She obtained a degree in Economy at Bocconi University in Milan. While attending University in the late 1960s/early 1970s, she began working as an editor for several Italian fashion magazines.
During 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, William Wegman and Deborah Turbeville.
In 1987 Sozzani launched and edited the Italian edition of Elle. In 1989 Sozzani met American artist Kris Ruhs, and the two started a professional and personal relationship. In 1990 she founded Galleria Carla Sozzani at 10 Corso Como in Milan. The gallery mostly focused on photography, and published exhibition catalogues and books on the work of Walter Albini, Pierre Cardin, Rudi Gernreich, Paco Rabanne as well as many photographers. 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.
In 1991, Sozzani's gallery in 10 Corso Como was augmented by a fashion and design store, an expanded bookstore, a city garden café restaurant, a hotel named Three Rooms and a rooftop garden.
In 2001, Sozzani edited Talking to Myself, with Yohji Yamamoto, which she co-published with Steidl. She curated the photography exhibition at the MEP in Paris. In 2002, she opened 10 Corso Como Comme des Garçons in Tokyo, a co-venture store with Rei Kawakubo.
In September 2013, Sozzani partnered with Trendy International Group to bring the 10 Corso Como concept to China. A new 10 Corso Como Shanghai opened in a free standing glass building with photography, fashion, design, music, cuisine with a pastry café and an outside terrace surrounded by plants.
In 2017, she established The Fondazione Sozzani. Committed to advancing the quality and aesthetic depth of contemporary life through an expansion of knowledge of the history, execution, use and presentation of both the applied and fine arts.
In Fall 2018 she opened a branch of 10 Corso Como in New York at South Street Seaport with Howard Hughes Corporation.
- "Carla Sozzani Enjoys Some Seaside Solitude". The Wall Street Journal. 25 February 2011.
- "10 Corso Como and Liberty join forces". Daily Telegraph. 22 January 2012.
- "An interview with Carla Sozzani". The New York Times. 25 September 2011.
- "'I feel best in Paris or Portofino'". Financial Times. 18 August 2007.
- "La Dolce Vita; A former Vogue editor on why art is at the heart of her home". Daily Mail. 28 August 2006.
- "About". Galleria Carla Sozzani. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Les jeunes stylistes n'ont pas envie de souffrir". Le Monde. 29 February 2012.
- "It's academic/Fashion students at Academy of Art compete for an internship in Paris with Azzedine Alaia". San Francisco Chronicle. 22 May 2005.
- "Hotel Couture from Christian Lacroix". Travel and Leisure. June 2004.
- "Boutique shopping in Milan". Condé Nast Traveller. May 2004. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012.
- "10 Corso Como home page". 10corsocomo.com. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "The 31 Places to Go in 2010". The New York Times. 7 January 2010.
- "10 Corso Como to Open Second Seoul Location". Women's Wear Daily. 13 February 2012.