Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani, Passes Away at 66

Franca Sozzani, one of the most respected and powerful journalists in the fashion industry, died today at the age of 66.  She served as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia for 28 years, and Anna Wintour's right-hand gal pal and friend for 30 years. Earlier today, Anna Wintour reflected on her friendship with Franca, on Vogue's website.

"Franca and I began our careers as editors in chief around the same time, but that didn't automatically admit us to some exclusive club where all Vogue editors are BFF's; in fact, I think for the first few years, we just circled each other, quietly. Gradually, however, show by show and season by season, Franca and I found ourselves falling into a friendship that I am so happy and honored to say sustained itself for 30 years. That's one thing that Franca taught me about friendship: Sometimes, you really have to earn it."

Photo credit via Vogue and Sleek

Read more about Franca's amazing life and career on Vogue.