Franca Sozzani editor in chief of Italian Vogue dies at 66 after a year long illness.

Franca, an ageless 66, was born in Mantua. Her father, a classic Italian patriarch, was an industrial engineer who did not approve his daughter’s early ambitions to study physics. She studied literature and philosophy at university in Milan instead, and married soon after, although she knew, as she later admitted, that the marriage was doomed before she walked into the church. (Franca would later confess that romantic relationships were the one weak link in her formidable arsenal of triumphs.) The couple divorced three months later, and the free-spirited Franca went to India to find herself—“I thought it was time to do something good with my life.” Time spent in Swinging London further nurtured her creative spirit.

A fashion character in the truest sense, her sense of personal style was also celebrated internationally. Mastering the art of polished, businesswoman dressing, but always with a hint of fashion fun, her looks captured the imagination of bloggers and street style photographers, turning her into an Instagram star in her sixties.

Sozzani, who grew up in Mantua, northern Italy, leaves behind one son, the Emmy-nominated director Francesco Carrozzini, who was at her side when she passed away.

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She was a free spirit

With her dog laszlo in Milan

With a dear friend Victoria Beckham

With her dear friend Bruce Weber

Franca in a photograph taken by Bruce Weber

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