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GIOVANNA AND SARA BATTAGLIA

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One is a fashion stylist, the other a handbag designer, but neither sister holds back when it comes to critiquing the other’s work. Interviews by Phong Luu.
Giovanna, 33, on Sara, 28
Our parents are painters. Our older brother, Antonio, owns an art gallery, and our younger brother, Luigi, is a designer – not one of us has a normal job. Sara always wanted to be a designer – you should see some of her sketches when she was five years old. We were both very artistic; we used to dress up our Barbies and even used our brother as a model! I wanted to be a stylist; back then it wasn’t a popular job. I got my lucky break by first modelling for Dolce & Gabbana – they called me their muse – and later styling.

When I’m shooting, I sometimes send Sara a picture, because I want to know what she thinks. And she’ll tell it straight. I’m the same. When she asks for my advice, I joke, ‘You know, some people pay me for this, and I’m giving it to you for free!’ I’m more fashion-forward than Sara. There have been times when she’s said, ‘Look at that horrible pair of shoes,’ and I’m like, ‘But they are so cool!’ I am given a lot of handbags; I shouldn’t say this, but I secretly carry her bags. When we were 16 we were terrible. I remember I once threw a suitcase out of the first floor after we had an argument – I could have killed her. But our mother said, ‘You can kill each other one day, but the next day you must be friends.’ We still argue now, but after two minutes we make up. We love each other; there’s just something about sisters.