Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani dies aged 66

Franca Sozzani

The editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani has died at the age off 66 after a long illness.

Sozzani had held the position at the fashion title for 28 years and became an influential figure in the world of fashion.

US Vogue editor Anna Wintour paid tribute on the Vogue website where she wrote about Sozzani's humanitarian work as goodwill ambassador to fashion for the UN.

"She made everything she worked on appear effortless, regardless of whether it was an event for several hundred; a whirlwind trip to Africa to support the continent's emerging designers; or the creation of yet another newsworthy, provocative, and utterly spellbinding issue of Italian Vogue," she said.

Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of publishers Conde Naste International, described her as "one of the greatest editors who ever made a magazine".

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