Inside Franca Sozzani’s Chaos and Creation

Inside Franca Sozzani’s Chaos and Creation

Fashion tome “Franca: Chaos and Creation” launches at 10 Corso Como New York.

Fashion tome “Franca: Chaos and Creation” launches at 10 Corso Como New York.

Text: Czar Van Gaal

The memory of Franca Sozzani, the late fashion journalist and former Vogue Italia editor-in-chief, lives on at 10 Corso Como. The global department store concept helmed by Franca’s sister Carla Sozzani has, in partnership with Assouline, launched the new fashion tome, Franca: Chaos and Creation. At the book party last night at Corso Como's newly opened South Street Seaport location, Franca's star-studded legacy was in good company, drawing legendary peers Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Suzy Menkes, and more.

The 400-plus-page anthology includes personal and professional effects of Sozzani's, from letters with famous confidantes to indelible fashion imagery. Compiled by Franca's documentarian son Francesco Carrozzini, who directed a 2016 film of the same name, the book visualizes Franca as a fearless beacon, using her thirty-year reign at Vogue Italia to illuminate taboo topics from domestic violence to drug abuse. Visual highlights include the July 2008 issue of Vogue Italia, which exclusively featured models of color, and Madonna circa 1990 by Herb Ritts.

Taking advantage of its retail surroundings, the party also featured a presentation of a special collection of vintage pieces previously owned by Sozzani, offered exclusively through Yoox. Proceeds from the book, officially shipping March 4, and the collection will benefit a new preventive genomics initiative at Harvard Medical School and Brigham Women's Hospital, established in Sozzani's honor.

See inside the bittersweet event below.

Franca: Chaos and Creation

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