Franca Sozzani passed away today following a year-long illness. The Editor of Vogue Italia, who has been at the helm of the publication for 30 years, recently recieved the British Fashion Council's Swarovski Award for Positive Change and is now being remembered by the fashion industry. In a tribute on Vogue's website, Anna Wintour says: "She was also the hardest-working person I have known, and with an envy-inducing ease with multitasking."

"After she became ill, I began visiting her at her home in Milan. Her mind and spirit were undiminished as we discussed every topic under the sun, from the fall of Matteo Renzi, to her amazing work with women in Ghana, to our children's miraculous love affair. . . "

"The next time I saw Franca was over a foggy weekend in Milan. She lay in a hospital bed, fragile as a feather, reminiscing about her parents' great love affair..."

No further details on Sozzani's illness are available at this time.