Besides being a true fashion iconoclast with her controversial editorial ideas, Franca Sozzani, the late editrix of Vogue Italia who succumbed to lung cancer in 2016, was a fashion rebel when it came to her sense of dressing.

Her outfits were understated with a Fellini heroine quality — like her unassuming uniform of button-down shirts, leather skirts and kitten heels and some statement prints — grounded with that shock of blonde Raphaelite curls.

She once quipped that she would dress in past season designs so that she wouldn’t look too trendy. “I know a lot of people who buy fashion. I know, perhaps, only two people who have style,” she said.

Now, women can own a piece of Sozzani’s style influence. Together with her filmmaker and photographer son Francesco Carrozzini, e-tail giant Yoox will be hosting a sale for Sozzani’s private wardrobe collection on Feb 11.

Franca Sozzani

More than 500 designer pieces — 397 ready-to-wear and haute couture pieces as well as 190 accessories — cherished by Sozzani will be up for sale. Among those up for grabs is a romantic red frilly number by Giambattista Valli and a leopard printed dress from Miu Miu with teal spots.

Sales proceeds will benefit the new Franca Sozzani Fund for Preventive Genomics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Harvard. The fund aims to boost the research into disease prevention by leveraging on genomic information and precision medicine to improve outcomes for those with a genetic predisposition.

The deed continues Sozzani’s legacy with humanitarian work which saw her advocating programmes like sustainable development and combating world hunger by challenging the medical community to revolutionise its approach towards disease prevention and treatment.

Besides the clothes and accessories, Carrozzini’s biography of his mum titled Franca: Chaos and Creation, published by Assouline, will also make its debut on the site on the same day. Now, that’s how you spark joy with clothes.

Main image: Instagram (@francasozzani1)

Shop on Yoox from Feb 11.