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Ms. Franca Sozzani is an Italian journalist and the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia since 1988.
Franca has been at the forefront of Fashion since the beginning of her career. Sozzani started her career at Vogue Bambini 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. 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.
Franca is the author of several books about photography, fashion, art and design, including: 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) and Artists At Work (an itinerary among the most important British artists of the time, published by Assouline, 2003).
She also curated several exhibits and retrospectives, including: 30 Years of Italian Vogue, Visitors Florentine Biennale,Mario Testino, Bruce Weber (Vietnam Story and My Own Story in Vogue), Peter Lindbergh (Women), Francesco Scavullo and Portraits of Elegance (Milan Triennale).
She collaborated with artist Maurizio Cattelan and repetitively with Vanessa Beecroft and was 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), 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).
Franca Sozzani - As editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, Sozzani wields a different power to her American counterpart, Anna Wintour. Her magazine has traditionally been the most arty and uncompromisingly 'fashion' of the Vogues. It is not so much about circulation as reflecting the zeitgeist. It doesn't matter that the editorial is in Italian, the magazine is an international style bible. She edited the Italian magazine Lei in 1979, and then went on to start Per Lui, working withBruce Weber, Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh and Paolo Roversi.