Franca Fendi died in the night in Rome after an illness in her Camilluccia house.
Third of the five Fendi sisters, Franca - with Paola, Anna, Carla (who passed away in 2017) and Alda - was 87 years old.
Since the postwar period she had managed the fashion house founded by their parents, Edoardo Fendi and Adele Casagrande, transforming it into one of the most prestigious Italian brands in the world, thanks to the extraordinary quality and design of its leather and fur goods and to the long collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld. .
She had recounted her life in the autobiographical book 'You are with me.
Our great, unique love story ', published by Rizzoli in 2018.
Childhood, dominated by a strong and determined mother who brought the Fendi maison to the heights of high fashion;
the close and sincere relationship with the four sisters, with whom she shared the passion and the will to make the family business a point of reference on the world scene;
the great love, marriage, children and grandchildren, but also the darkest moments of the husband's illness, the difficulties faced together, the gift of infinite generosity of a kidney to the spouse.
And in the meantime, in the background, an Italy that is changing up.