The Lady of Fashion
The Italians called her the “Lady of Fashion.” And so she was, as Franca Sozzani dedicated her life to supporting fashion and creativity in all its forms, although at the same time she channeled her efforts in humanitarian projects around the world.
While her looks conveyed a delicate image, with her petite frame and long, wavy blonde hair and azure eyes, Sozzani was fiercely determined and set on leaving her mark in the world. And so she did.
January 20, 1950 – December 22, 2016
I have too many memories to mention here right now about Franca but this is one of my favorite covers of my career (minus the cigarette) shot by Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue. I was a free agent again after my first contract with Calvin Klein and Franca welcomed me back with open arms and my career as a model was reborn. I was in Rome a few weeks ago and stopped by to visit Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino and he passed the phone to me to say hello to an old friend. It was Franca Sozzani. Her voice was as legendary as her eyes, face and character. We said we'd see eachother in NYC soon. It had been too long…Grazie Franca for many, many years of a long distance friendship. What true grace and beauty you personified. 💙
I had the privilege of spending time with Franca over the years. Not enough time as it now so sadly transpires. Whenever I was with her I was mesmerised by her strength of character, her charitable work, her creative vision. She encouraged me and inspired me whenever we spoke. What a legacy she leaves behind. RIP @francasozzani1. 💔x VB
This woman will live on forever in fashion and in my heart. She was more beautiful inside and out than many I have met and I am so sad she has left us, my heart reaches out to her beloved family this close to the holiday season, such deep sadness and I will miss your soul Franca, I will miss your smile and honesty, a true true lady to be admired on so many levels. 💔 x Stella
I will never forget her as she has made it impossible to be forgotten. With Franca’s passing, we not only lost a formidable women and a sincere friend but a fashion icon that was a living legend. Her legacy will live on. . . . Franca per me sarà sempre una persona indimenticabile. Con Franca ci lascia una donna formidabile, una amica sincera, una unica icona della moda che è già una leggenda.
HOW DO YOU SAY GOODBYE TO NOT ONLY A FRIEND BUT A TRUE INSPIRATION ? SOMEONE YOU LOVED AS A PERSON AND WHO YOU GREW UP ADMIRING FROM A FAR ? MY DARLING FRANCA YOUR ENCOURAGING WORDS, YOUR INSIGHTFUL STORIES, YOUR WIT, HUMOR AND RADIANT SMILE WILL LEAVE A BLANK SPACE IN MY HEART & THIS WORLD NEVER TO BE FILLED BY ANYONE AGAIN. I LOVE YOU AND CHERISH YOUR MEMORY FOREVER.
I am heartbroken about my dear friend @francasozzani1 gone too soon. My heart is with all of your loved ones. Today would have been our usual Christmas dinner, where you would be the most beautiful and funny host. Your spirit, your kindness, and gentle soul will be missed in this world forever. My dear friend Franca, you were one of my very first supporters and I honor your memory today and everyday to come, you will always stay in my heart, as I am sure you will stay in the one of everyone who really knew you. How lucky they are, to have you in heaven. LOVE YOU @francasozzani1 and MAY YOU REST IN PEACE ❤
"Nessuno come Franca Sozzani ha saputo immaginare una realtà diversa e raccontarla attraverso un esercizio quotidiano di gusto e fantasia. Ha dato al suo destino la forma che ha voluto e che non lasciava nessuno indifferente. Mi mancherà non cercare più la sua presenza nel buio della sala." "No one has been able to reinvent reality like Franca Sozzani has, illustrating it regularly in a tasteful and creative manner. She shaped things her own way and that never went unnoticed. I am truly going to miss looking for her in the darkness of the theater." – Giorgio Armani