News of the passing of Franca Sozzani; Editor-in-Chief of Italian Vogue, hits hard on many hearts.Ms. Franca was at the helm of affairs at Vogue Italia for a little to 30 years, and was one of the most powerful and innovative creative in the fashion industry. She was an impact-ful soul who pushed boundaries, broke down walls and created new structures: structures she insisted were not to be seen as permanent, except the structure of self; Being yourself.
Her contribution to the African fashion scene is somewhat like a glow in semi-darkness, with her famous Black Issue in 2008, and the opportunities she made available to African Fashion Players in the continent, adding to their overall brand weight.
To this end, Adebayo Oke-Lawal, Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi and Folake Coker took to their social media handles to mourn Franca.
Here’s what they wrote:
Adebayo Oke-Lawal of Orange Culture:
…Such a beautiful woman. (She) used her platform and position to support so many emerging fashion industries, including the African fashion industry. (I) celebrate the life she lived and the amazing impact she had on the industry.”
Folake Coker of Tiffany Amber:
The fashion industry has lost a rare gem, a woman of substance, humility and grace. Franca Sozzani, rest in peace.
Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi of LDA:
…I remember fondly when she visited my flagship studio in Lagos; in 2012. She was an incredibly lovely woman who had so much love for the growth and development of African fashion. She would be greatly missed. May her soul rest in perfect peace.
Ike Ude; Nigerian-American Photographer:
…Her passing is only the beginning of the grand narrative of this graceful soul who actually made a difference where it mattered…for more than 15years, she’d ardently supported and promoted my work/photography in Vogue Italia and L’UOMO Vogue….In the end…..(she) left the world a much more better place than she met it…Franca! Rest in Peace
Ms. Franca will be greatly missed.
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