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Netflix | Franca: Chaos and Creation

I watched Franca: Chaos and Creation on Netflix for the second time. This 2016 documentary is so beautiful and moving. I recommend it to all lovers of fashion, art, photography, Italy and/or powerwomen. A real must see.

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Franca Sozzani by Peter Lindbergh

An icon: Franca Sozzani

Franca Sozzani is the legendary former editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia. She was the editor-in-chief for nearly thirty years, from 1988 until her death in 2016. This woman did not work in fashion, she was fashion. Franca Sozzani transformed Vogue Italia with her innovative and creative signature. Anna Wintour en Franca started working for Vogue in the same month so they both worked there for very long but, to the larger public, Anna Wintour was more famous than Sozzani was. I absolutely loved Sozzani’s work and I think she left an amazing legacy in fashion in general. But until now, I knew her work but I did not really know much about the person behind that work.

This is why I really enjoyed the documentary. Seeing the woman behind the fashion. The documentary is very sincere and personal. Her son made the docu and one can really feel the love throughout the film. I think one cannot make a great movie like that if there is no bond between the filmmaker and the ‘subject’. Franca: Chaos and Creation is extra beautiful because of that. Plus, Franca’s son obviously inherited his mom’s talent.

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Vogue Black issue, 2008

Old-school girlpower

One could tell, through her work for Vogue, that Franca Sozzani was a strong lady who trusted on her own intuition and followed her beliefs. This is very clear in the documentary as well. She was such a powerful woman, stubborn and self-confident but the docu also shows a fragile and lonely side at times. The documentary is a pure and intimate portrait.

Franca got diagnosed with lung cancer shortly after the making of the docu. Fortunately she was able to attend the premiere with her son. I think she must have been so proud and felt so loved when she first saw Franca: Chaos and Creation.

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mother and son

So anyway, I got one of the best compliments ever. My daughter told me, while watching Franca that she made her think of me. In the pocket 😉

Italian Vogue

Franca converted the fashion editorials in the Italian Vogue into true works of art. Every edition was inspiring, unconventional (sometimes controversial even) and inventive. The themes were original and the photography of the highest quality.

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Kristen McMenamy by Steven Meisel, aug 2010 for Vogue Italia
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Vogue Italia 2014

So if you like fashion, you will surely enjoy this documentary as you see work of some of the best photographers like Paolo Roversi, Steven Meisel and Franca’s friend Peter Lindberg. The docu also shows a few of her more her controversial issues. Franca did not only have fans, which is a good thing I would say, as it means that the issues unleashed emotions and reactions. Good or bad, her work stirred emotions.

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Tim Walker for Vogue Italia, aug 2007

Some of the most famous issues are the Black Issue with Naomi Campbell on the cover and the issue about domestic violence but I won’t write too much about it, you can see all about that in Franca: Chaos and Creation.

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Vogue Italia, 2007
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Vogue Italia, 2005
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Vogue Italia, 2011


Franca Sozzani | 20 January 1950 – 22 December 2016

Truly one of the most beautiful documentaries I have seen in times (and I cried twice ;))…. Did you see Franca: Chaos and Creation? Did you know Franca Sozzani?

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