Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert is an Italian fashion editor, stylist, creative director and consultant to luxury brands on their products and imagery, based in New York City and Stockholm.
Born and raised in Milan, Engelbert began her fashion career at the age of 17. Since then, she 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 2009-2011. She is currently the senior fashion editor at Vogue Japan and a contributing editor at W Magazine, for whom she styles fashion editorials regularly and also has a monthly column “Gio’s Journal,” chronicling her latest fashion and art discoveries.
Recognized for her uncanny ability to meld sophistication and playfulness, Engelbert has collaborated on a stunning array of editorials with noted photographers such as Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Paolo Roversi, Tom Munro, Roe Ethridge, Boo George, Richard Burbridge, Karl Lagerfeld and Terry Richardson.
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 including Carolina Herrera, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Christian Dior, Fendi, Bulgari, Bottega Veneta, Nancy Gonzalez and Saks Fifth Avenue, who request Engelbert for everything from advertising campaigns and artistic design of their collections to runway show consultations, communications strategy and creative direction.
In 2013, Engelbert became the creative director of the lavish cabaret show Queen of the Night, which ran from 2013-2016 in the revamped Diamond Horseshoe nightclub at the Paramount Hotel. She has also been recognized by Vanity Fair, in 2015, as a member of its annual International Best Dressed list, in the category of “Professionals” and has been interviewed by and featured in such publications as the Financial Times, WSJ and Vogue. Most recently, Engelbert was commissioned by the American brand Tory Burch to create and direct a series of films pegged to the label’s collections. The first such endeavor resulted in over ten million views.
November 2017 will see the release of Gio_graphy: Fun in Wild World of Fashion, an elegant and colorful autobiography cum style guide published by Rizzoli. A humorous and chic take on travel, fashion and living your most glamorous life, the book pre-launched in September in collaboration with New York luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman. The launch saw Giovanna 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.