See W Contributing Fashion Editor Giovanna Battaglia on the job in the first installment of our new video series featuring behind-the-scenes glimpses of fashion's most intriguing personalities.
Released on 2/27/2012
I was modeling for Dolce and Gabbana for many years.
They were working with a stylist,
it was Charlotte Stockdale at that time,
and I was like, wow, this is the job I want to do (laughs)
and, like, I love this job.
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I do both for, like, a year and a half,
two year, maybe, and I was basically putting every money
I was making on modeling on shipping the clothes.
It was so expensive.
I remember Saint Laurent because they had very heavy shoes.
At that time, I went to UPS.
They weighed the box with the shoes.
It was like, four (speaking foreign language).
For me, it was a fortune at that time.
And, the next shoot, I returned myself,
like everything to Paris, with the train.
It was like six hours (laughs) and then a taxi.
It was like terrible.
I've had to work my ass off, to be honest with you,
and people don't get it.
Like, I have to prove three times of the other people
because I had this tag on me that I was being a model.
That's why I have to prove much more than the other one
that actually the pretty girl was also good.
Hopefully, (laughs) I'm still good.
[Man] Okay, here we go, beautiful.
Lower the hat. (camera beeping)
I have a lot of influence, but not one,
one-only person or one-only aesthetic.
What do you think about those?
Very Anna, no?
Pick the voilette because I always like this voilette,
you know, for the hat.
Maybe, we don't know.
My Mom would be so happy to see me with this hat.
My family is, from heart,
they were not really into fashion, to be honest.
They were like actually kind of against fashion (laughs).
My Mom did model when she was really young.
I talk to her almost every day and she said, like,
You have to have a reality show on you,
only because, like, it's so crazy what you do.
Like, I would like to see what you do.
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Oh shit. Oh, shit.
Cut this scene, now!
Being a stylist is also like, you're ready to do everything
to make the picture happen, you know?
Like, that's the school that I learn with Anna Dello Russo
and then with Franca Sozzani.
I have to say, I've been lucky.
I'd get amazing teachers.
When I met Anna Dello Russo, in a club, and she was like,
Hey, I'm doing a shoot for Italian Vogue tomorrow,
do you wanna come?
It was like, what?
And, she would tell me, like,
Can you bring your own clothes?
And, me and Axelle, were like,
Dude, I'm shooting for Italian Vogue
and I have to bring my own clothes?
I start with normal Vogue for many years
and she was like, Impossible is impossible.
Dance the musics, dance and it is like
you have to make it happen, no matter what.
I remove the glove.
So, it's tough, it's tough (laughs),
but it's great.
I always have to have a story in my head.
A girl, two girl, because I love the fact,
when we can work girls, have two, because they're friends,
girl in an imaginary flowers with street.
Of course, like, over the top fashion
and they dressed up to go there.
I like to touch the dress and to touch the fabrics
and if I like the feeling on my hand,
I know it's gonna be good in the picture.
Start with that one.
And, sometimes, you start from the shoe
or you can style from the bag or you, maybe,
you can style for a pair of earrings
and then you get all the looks together, maybe,
and you have to kind of like play around
and it's a very fun process.
I loved it.
Put the ped more-- There is the leg.
[Man] Yeah, I loved it.
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[Giovanna] No, this is more like two years ago.
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