Viva Italia! WSJ Talks with Italian Vogue EIC

Fun lede from Tim Blanks for his feature interview profile of Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue.


The publication is celebrating its 50th-year anniversary:

Franca Sozzani’s [Milan home] office is a complete mess. “It’s a disaster,” she agrees. “I don’t know how long I can survive in it.” Boxes wait to be packed or unpacked (it’s impossible to tell which), pictures are propped against walls and there are piles of books, piles of stuff. On top of one lies a VHS copy of Al Pacino’s Scent of a Woman. Sozzani has no clue why or how.

Hoo-hah! Sozzani has been at the helm of Vogue Italia since 1988. Much of her reputation has been built on the complete assignment freedom she gives to fashion photographers like Bruce Weber and Oliviero Toscani.

Blanks does a wonderful job of retracing how Sozzani got to her current perch from the unlikely starting points of a 1973 degree in literature and philosophy, and brief marriage. Full WSJ article here.