Giovanna Battaglia

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

Credits

Starring: Giovanna Battaglia

Transcript

00:00
I was modeling for Dolce and Gabbana for many years.
00:02
They were working with a stylist,
00:04
it was Charlotte Stockdale at that time,
00:06
and I was like, wow, this is the job I want to do (laughs)
00:10
and, like, I love this job.
00:11
(sultry accordion music)
00:14
(playful gypsy jazz music)
00:15
I do both for, like, a year and a half,
00:17
two year, maybe, and I was basically putting every money
00:21
I was making on modeling on shipping the clothes.
00:26
It was so expensive.
00:28
I remember Saint Laurent because they had very heavy shoes.
00:31
At that time, I went to UPS.
00:32
They weighed the box with the shoes.
00:34
It was like, four (speaking foreign language).
00:38
For me, it was a fortune at that time.
00:40
And, the next shoot, I returned myself,
00:43
like everything to Paris, with the train.
00:46
It was like six hours (laughs) and then a taxi.
00:49
It was like terrible.
00:51
I've had to work my ass off, to be honest with you,
00:54
and people don't get it.
00:55
Like, I have to prove three times of the other people
00:58
because I had this tag on me that I was being a model.
01:03
That's why I have to prove much more than the other one
01:05
that actually the pretty girl was also good.
01:08
Hopefully, (laughs) I'm still good.
01:10
(laughing)
01:12
[Man] Okay, here we go, beautiful.
01:15
Lower the hat. (camera beeping)
01:17
I have a lot of influence, but not one,
01:21
one-only person or one-only aesthetic.
01:26
What do you think about those?
01:27
Very Anna, no?
01:28
Pick the voilette because I always like this voilette,
01:31
you know, for the hat.
01:33
Maybe, we don't know.
01:34
My Mom would be so happy to see me with this hat.
01:37
My family is, from heart,
01:39
they were not really into fashion, to be honest.
01:41
They were like actually kind of against fashion (laughs).
01:46
My Mom did model when she was really young.
01:48
I talk to her almost every day and she said, like,
01:51
You have to have a reality show on you,
01:53
only because, like, it's so crazy what you do.
01:55
Like, I would like to see what you do.
01:56
(laughing)
01:57
(playful guitar and clarinet music)
01:59
(decorative bird cracking)
01:59
Oh shit. Oh, shit.
02:00
Cut this scene, now!
02:02
Being a stylist is also like, you're ready to do everything
02:04
to make the picture happen, you know?
02:06
Like, that's the school that I learn with Anna Dello Russo
02:11
and then with Franca Sozzani.
02:13
I have to say, I've been lucky.
02:14
I'd get amazing teachers.
02:16
When I met Anna Dello Russo, in a club, and she was like,
02:19
Hey, I'm doing a shoot for Italian Vogue tomorrow,
02:22
do you wanna come?
02:23
It was like, what?
02:24
And, she would tell me, like,
02:25
Can you bring your own clothes?
02:27
And, me and Axelle, were like,
02:28
Dude, I'm shooting for Italian Vogue
02:29
and I have to bring my own clothes?
02:31
I start with normal Vogue for many years
02:34
and she was like, Impossible is impossible.
02:39
Dance the musics, dance and it is like
02:41
you have to make it happen, no matter what.
02:44
I remove the glove.
02:45
So, it's tough, it's tough (laughs),
02:49
but it's great.
02:50
I always have to have a story in my head.
02:53
A girl, two girl, because I love the fact,
02:56
when we can work girls, have two, because they're friends,
02:59
girl in an imaginary flowers with street.
03:04
Of course, like, over the top fashion
03:06
and they dressed up to go there.
03:08
I like to touch the dress and to touch the fabrics
03:12
and if I like the feeling on my hand,
03:15
I know it's gonna be good in the picture.
03:18
Start with that one.
03:19
And, sometimes, you start from the shoe
03:21
or you can style from the bag or you, maybe,
03:23
you can style for a pair of earrings
03:25
and then you get all the looks together, maybe,
03:27
and you have to kind of like play around
03:29
and it's a very fun process.
03:32
I loved it.
03:33
Put the ped more-- There is the leg.
03:34
[Man] Yeah, I loved it.
03:35
(playful jazz music)
03:37
[Giovanna] No, this is more like two years ago.
03:39
(people talking over each other)
03:40
(jazzy clarinet music)
03:53
(playful gypsy jazz music)