Known for her playfully elegant approach to dressing and to life, fashion editor and style icon Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert has just launched her new book. GIO_GRAPHY: Fun in the Wild World of Fashion showcases her joy-filled adventures around the globe with stories and snaps of her daring take on dressing. We caught up with the fabulous bella donna to find out more...

Who​ ​has​ ​been​ ​the​ ​single​ ​most​ ​inspirational​ ​person​ ​on​ ​your​ ​style​ ​and​ ​your​ ​life?

I don’t have just one person. I’ve been inspired by so many women from Cleopatra to Audrey Hepburn.

What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​favourite​ ​fashion​ ​quote?

If it’s my own it’s this: “Being cool is a bore, being fun is GLAMORE.​” Otherwise it’s the Oscar Wilde quote “You can never be overdressed or over educated.”

Can​ ​you​ ​sum​ ​up​ ​what​ ​Italian​ ​women​ ​and​ ​style​ ​is​ ​about?

If I were to sum up Italian women and their style I would say they are effortless, yet bold and elegant. The most important accessory is the joie de vivre of the Italian woman!

Tell​ ​us​ ​a​ ​little​ ​about​ ​your​ ​new​ ​book​ ​GIO_GRAPHY ​coming​?

GIO_GRAPHY ​is my festive way of finding glamour wherever you go and in everything you do. It’s a mix of many things from how to dress for a crucial business meeting to how to dance on a table.

You​ ​are​ ​known​ ​for​ ​your​ ​love​ ​of​ ​theatre,​ ​what​ ​is​ ​the​ ​most​ ​theatrical​ ​piece​ ​in​ ​your wardrobe?

My Cher headpiece that I wore for a Halloween wedding last year.

If​ ​you​ ​could​ ​choose​ ​a​ ​dress​ ​or​ ​item​ ​from​ ​any​ ​of​ ​the​ ​museums​ ​in​ ​(NY,​ ​Milan,​ ​Paris, London)​ ​to​ ​wear​ ​for​ ​one​ ​night,​ ​what​ ​would​ ​you​ ​choose?

I love this question! But I can’t choose just one, I would have to do costume changes throughout the night. I would choose the Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra headpiece and costume for my entrance. Then I would change into one of the Balenciaga dresses from the Shaping Fashion exhibit. And then I would end the night from the new Saint Laurent museum from the African Collection, headpiece and all.

Oscar​ ​Wilde​ ​once​ ​said​ ​you​ ​should​ ​either​ ​be​ ​a​ ​work​ ​of​ ​art​ ​or​ ​wear​ ​a​ ​work​ ​of​ ​art,​ ​which one​ ​would​ ​you​ ​choose?

I would wear a work of art because if I wear one, I can wear many, and if I am a work of art, then I’m stuck with just one aesthetic.

What else​ ​do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pipeline?

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Giovanna's new book GIO_GRAPHY is available in the Marvel Room and online.

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