Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert is an Italian-born Creative Director and Consultant to luxury brands on their products and imagery, based in New York City and Stockholm. She is currently the Senior Fashion Editor at Vogue Japan and was previously Contributing Editor at W Magazine where she styled fashion editorials and also previously wrote a monthly column Gio’s Journal, which chronicled her latest fashion and art discoveries.
In December 2017, Ms Engelbert launched her own e-commerce platform; www.myfavoritecolorisshopping.com a play on her infamous slogan, My favourite Colour Is from her best-selling first book Gio_graphy: Fun in Wild World of Fashion which was released in October 2017. Published by Rizzoli, Gio_Graphy is an elegant and colourful autobiography and style guide, a humorous and chic take on travel, fashion and living your most glamorous life, which pre-launched in the New York luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman. The launch saw Ms Engelbert design special window displays for the iconic Fifth Ave store, as well as designing a collection of exclusive t-shirts and curating her own pop-up store which hosted her book signing.
Recognised for her uncanny ability to meld sophistication and playfulness, Ms Engelbert has collaborated on a stunning array of editorials and commercial work with noted photographers. As a stylist, she imbues her work with a deep knowledge and love of historical and modern art, music, dance and film. Paired with her unerring contemporary eye, it is an aesthetic that has drawn commercial clients who request her as a consultant for everything from advertising campaigns and artistic design of their collections to runway show consultations, communications strategy and creative direction
Ms Engelbert has also used her artful styling and unique aesthetic in the role of creative director of the lavish cabaret show Queen of the Night, which ran from 2013 to 2016 in the revamped Diamond Horseshoe nightclub at the Paramount Hotel.
Since entering the world of fashion at the age of 17, Ms Engelbert has worked as a fashion editor at L’Uomo Vogue under then editor in chief Anna Dello Russo; contributed to the stable of Conde Nast’s international publications such as Vogue Paris, Vogue Germany and Vogue China, and ran Vogue Gioiello and Vogue Pelle with Franca Sozzani, a position she held from 2009 to 2011.
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