Never afraid to address the subjects other publications avoided, such as domestic violence, as well as drug abuse, and recovery, she was a pioneer lauded for her efforts to be incisive yet inclusive: July 2008’s Black Issue, featuring only models of color, sells for $2,500 in the market today. Featuring photos by industry luminaries like Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh, and Bruce Weber from both Ms. Sozzani’s personal collection and the Vogue Italia archives; texts on her expansive work with couture, models, and provocation to family and joie de vivre; and notes from dear friends on what she represented to them. This book is an unprecedented collection of fashion’s greatest works and talents participating all together for the first time. Franca: Chaos and Creation is a fabulous tribute to a visionnaire and her work during the most intensely creative period of the fashion magazine.
Proceeds from this book will benefit the campaign to fund the Franca Sozzani Chair in Preventive Genomics at Harvard Medical School in order to support research that is accelerating the transformation of medicine from reactive sick care to proactive health preservation. To kick off the project, Yoox.com will also be selling Franca’s wardrobe online, with all proceeds benefiting the campaign.
“She was not just ahead of our time. She was ahead of our courage in so many ways” – Anna Wintour
“A maverick editor but an ethereal, fragile beauty, Franca left a trail of controversial issues that took Vogue Italia way beyond glamour into striking and polemical areas— especially when it came to her work with photographer Steven Meisel” – Suzy Menkes
Read more from Assouline here