Franca Sozzani

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Franca Sozzani
Franca Sozzani 2010.jpg
Born (1950-01-20) 20 January 1950 (age 66)
Mantua, Italy
Occupation Magazine editor
Title Editor-in-chief, Vogue Italia
Children Francesco Carrozzini
Family Carla Sozzani (sister)
Maria Sozzani (sister)

Franca Sozzani (Italian pronunciation: [fraŋˈka soˈdzani]; born January 20, 1950) is an Italian journalist and the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia since 1988.


Sozzani grew up in Mantua, a small city in northern Italy. After completing a degree in philosophy and Germanic language and literature, she married at the age of 20, divorcing three months later.[1] She studied literature and philosophy at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, graduating in 1973.[2] Her career began at Vogue Bambini in 1976[1] and directed legendary publications LEI since 1980 and PER LUI since 1982 before heading up the Italian edition of VOGUE in 1988. She was appointed editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia in 1994.

In the 90s, Sozzani helped create the phenomenon of the supermodel with one of her closest long-term collaborators, Steven Meisel, and she has championed a group of photographers such as Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, and Paolo Roversi.[2][3]

Memorable issues of her magazine include "The Black Issue" (an entire issue devoted to celebrate black women's beauty), "Makeover" (dedicated to the exploding phenomenon of plastic surgery) and most recently L'Uomo Vogue "Rebranding Africa", for which she was awarded several international prizes.

In February 2011, she launched Vogue Curvy — an arm of vogue. It staffed by plus-size bloggers who offer fashion tips for the full-figured.[1]

Sozzani collaborated with artist Maurizio Cattelan and often with Vanessa Beecroft. She also curated several exhibits and retrospectives, including: 30 Years of Italian Vogue, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber (Vietnam Story and My Own Story in Vogue), Peter Lindbergh (Women), Francesco Scavullo and Portraits of Elegance (Milan Triennale).

She is founding member of CHILD PRIORITY – a non-profit organization created by Condé Nast to offer concrete study and work opportunities for those who have none despite being talented and artistically gifted.


  • 30 Years of Italian Vogue (1994)
  • Visitors: 20 Museums for the Florence Biennale of Fashion and Art (1996)
  • A Noir: An exploration of the colour Black between fashion and art, published by Assouline (1998)
  • Style in Progress: 30 years of L’Uomo Vogue (1998)
  • Valentino’s Red Book (2000)
  • British Artists At Work: An itinerary among the most important British artists of the time, published by Assouline (2003)

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2012 Sozzani was awarded the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur by French president Nicolas Sarkozy.[4] The same year she became a United Nations Goodwill ambassador.[5]

She was also awarded several prizes for her contribution to art and culture including: La Lupa (from the City of Rome, for rending Italian fashion known throughout the world),[citation needed] the Premiolino, the Ambrogino d'oro (for making the city of Milan more cosmopolitan and famous around the world) and the Montblanc de La Culture (Art Patronage Award 2007).[citation needed]

She received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2012.[citation needed]


Franca Sozzani has one son, Francesco Carrozzini (born 1982), a photographer and director. One of her sisters, Carla Sozzani, is the owner of 10 Corso Como, a Milan photographic gallery and store carrying hard to find imports and luxury goods.[6] Another sister, Maria, was the wife of poet Joseph Brodsky, with whom she has a daughter.


  1. ^ a b c William Lee Adams (September 16, 2011), Franca Sozzani: Fashion's Rebel with a Cause Time.
  2. ^ a b Tim Blanks (August 7, 2014). "Editor Franca Sozzani Is Still in Vogue". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Livia Firth (March 2011), Franca Sozzani Interview Magazine.
  4. ^ Ella Alexander (April 3, 2012). "Fashion Battle". Vogue. 
  5. ^ "Franca Sozzani Named Goodwill Ambassador". 
  6. ^ "10 Corso Como - Shopping in Milan". 
  7. ^ "Corporate Governance Report (2003)" (PDF). 
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