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Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani Dies at 66

Fashion editor Franca Sozzani poses before the Christian Dior 2017 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on September 30, 2016 in Paris

Fashion editor Franca Sozzani at the Christian Dior Spring 2017 show on September 30, 2016 in Paris; Image: PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images

Today, the fashion industry mourns the passing of 66-year-old Franca Sozzani, long-serving editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia. Sozzani died in Milan after a year-long illness. A true visionary and innovator, Sozzani began her role at the Italian fashion bible in 1988 and leaves behind a legacy of powerful, revolutionary and thought-provoking content for the magazine. Having collaborated with the likes of Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber and Peter Lindbergh (to name only a few) throughout her 28 years at the helm, Sozzani championed numerous social causes while captivating a loyal audience.

Members of our forums shared their sincere condolences upon hearing the tragic news. “2016 sucks! All the great people passed away. RIP, Franca. You played a very big part in fashion and you’ll be missed,” wrote Koibito.

“What a shock!! She will be so missed,” added liberty33r1b.

“She was such an inspirational woman, very sad to hear this,” echoed HeatherAnne.

“I’m absolutely heartbroken, don’t even know what to say. Her Vogue Italia is one of the major reasons why I feel in love with fashion. She was truly a legend. Arivederla Franca,” said Marc10.

“Disheartening news, a significant loss of one of the most pivotal figures within fashion. She will be missed,” TheoG mourned.

“One of the last columns supporting the weight of a crumbling fashion world has fallen. Very sad and disturbing,” mentioned gazebo.

A figure of the fashion industry who will be sorely missed and never forgotten, join us in mourning and pass along your condolences here. All of theFashionSpot’s thoughts are with Sozzani’s family.