Monday, October 17, 2016

FRANCA: Chaos and Creation

Last week, I was lucky enough to be one out of 10 LIM College students to attend Vogue’s private screening of FRANCA: Chaos and Creation. While the new documentary premiered last month in Europe – Vogue’s star studded event last week marked its United States debut at the Metrograph Theater in Lower Manhattan. I, along with my other LIM peers, were starstuck as we spent the premieres cocktail hour in the same room with huge iconic figures in the fashion industry. To name a few: Anna Wintour, Vera Wang, Naomi Campbell, Diane von Furstenburg, and of course Franca Sozzani, herself.
After the cocktail hour, we were loaded with mass amounts of traditional movie theater snacks: popcorn, sodas, and variants of candies, and then we were shuttled into the theater. The hour and a half long feature, depicted the life of Franco Sozzani – from her young childhood in a small town in northern Italy to her 28 year run as the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia. The documentary was directed by Sozzani’s very own son, Francesco Carrozzini and includes commentary from the two of them and other fashion industry icons, including Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace, Andre Leon Talley and more.

During Sozzani’s run as Editor-in-Chief, she revolutionized how fashion publications connect to art, politics and current events. Controversially, Sozzani themes her editions around current events and issues – such as, the B.P. oil crisis, domestic abuse and plastic surgery.

Sozzani, is also credited with creating the “supermodel” and publishing the first issue of vogue to only feature models of color. She still holds her position at Vogue and continues to produce innovative and contemporary works of art in Vogue Italia. The full length feature can now be watched at and editions of Franca Sozzani’s Vogue Italia can be read for free at the Adrian G.Marcuse Library in Maxwell Hall. You can find several of the latest editions in our magazine rooms, with numerous Vogue Issues from countries all around the globe!

Posted on October 17, 2016 I Blog post by Danielle White (student worker of the LIM College Library)