Gianni Versace with supermodels Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer.

An Italian TV series will retrace the development of the fashion industry in the country.

Named “Front Row,” the series, which includes 12 episodes and will be produced by Italy’s TaoDue, will show how a range of Italian designers from the mid-Seventies succeeded in building a fashion system based on creativity and industrial craftsmanship. This process will be narrated through the eyes of a young journalist working in a fashion magazine.

“Front Row,” which saw the involvement of the late Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani as a consultant to writers in the development of the plot, will be directed by Luca Lucini and Ago Panini.

“Franca Sozzani, thanks to her great experience and knowledge of all the protagonists of this period, was an extremely precious source of inspiration since the ideation of the project,” stated TaoDue, which has recently started the casting process.“This series is ideally dedicated to her, but it’s not based on her life.”

Sozzani died of lung cancer in Milan on Dec. 22. The funeral services were privately held in Portofino, Italy, two days later. Sozzani was buried in the cemetery of the same sea resort located by Liguria’s suggestive Tigullio Gulf, where she had a holiday house.

A mass was held on Feb. 27 at the tail end of Milan Fashion Week to remember Sozzani. Giorgio Armani; Miuccia Prada and her husband Patrizio Bertelli; Alberta Ferretti and her brother Massimo; Silvia Venturini Fendi and Carla Fendi; Anna Molinari; Dean and Dan Caten; Veronica and Gimmo Etro; Antonio Berardi; Luisa Beccaria; Bruno Frisoni, and Cesare Paciotti were among some of the Italian designers who attended the mess. Donatella Versace arrived arm-in arm with Naomi Campbell, while Stefano Pilati reached the Duomo Cathedral with Kate Moss.

While there were no speeches, Sozzani’s sister Carla, who was accompanied by Kris Ruhs and her longtime friend Azzedine Alaïa, chose the readings, delivered by her daughter, Sara Maino, and Franca’s son, Francesco Carrozzini. Carrozzini was accompanied by his girlfriend, Bee Shaffer, and her mother Anna Wintour, as well as Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and ceo of Condé Nast International.

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