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She found herself working for Condé Nast without knowing anything about fashion, initially employed as a secretary. Her extraordinary career followed from there…


Born in Mantua on January 20, 1950. Journalist and Director of Vogue Italy from 1988 until her death, today, aged only 66. With a degree in Literature from Università Cattolica, she found herself working for Condé Nast without knowing anything about fashion, initially employed as a secretary. Her extraordinary career followed from there.

“Blue eyes, long blonde hair, petite and seemingly fragile, she is one of the most powerful women in the fashion world. They say she notices all trends years in advance. Perhaps it’s because she dictates them” (Claudio Sabelli Fioretti).

First editor of Vogue bambini (Vogue Kids), Condé Nast then created the Italian version of Glamour: “The beginnings with Vogue were very difficult. I had a vision that few understood. I only reached success when others started doing the same thing”.

― She notices all trends years in advance

She was appointed ambassador of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP). In 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy awarded her the Legion of Honour. “In one way or another, she launched us all: and now we are always ready to answer when Vogue Italia calls” (Naomi Campbell).

Among her habits: “I keep Manolo Blahnik shoes, they are beautiful objects I love to look at. No, it is not true that I am arrogant and do not wave hello. I am short-sighted. I wear my famous black glasses, always, and it’s not for appearances but for an actual need”.

She says her legendary thinness is inherited: “I eat poorly, have high cholesterol. Bread, cheeses, desserts. Mostly desserts. Should we talk about chocolate? Ten, even 12 Ciocorì pralines per day from Condé Nast’s vending machines”. She claims she has never tried tiramisu in her life.

She used to wash her own hair, and let it air-dry.

Source: full biography on cinquantamila.it

 

Alessandro Di Giacomo
22/12/2016