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Inside Giovanna Battaglia’s Downtown Abbey Getaway

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From the British Fashion Awards to an English countryside getaway that recalls the sisters from Downtown Abbey, Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert is channeling her inner Anglophile in style.

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“The Fashion Awards organized by the British Fashion Council, in London, called for ­something superglamorous and creative. I chose this look by the young designer Michael Halpern—it’s from his Central Saint Martins graduation collection. It reminds me of a John Chamberlain crushed-car ­sculpture, and it matched the Fredrikson Stallard Swarovski installation on the red carpet. I became part of the art!”

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“In her Ralph & Russo couture gown, Natalie Massenet [left] looked like the ultimate fashion fairy godmother at the Fashion Awards.”

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“The Swarovski decor at the awards presentation was so gorgeous, I turned a tablepiece into an epic floral cuff.”

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“I organized an English-countryside weekend, including an eccentric British dinner, complete with masks and props I had brought from New York. The photographer Dylan Don [center] looks right out of a Salvador Dalí painting.”

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How strong and elegant is the woman in this Kees van Dongen painting, Fatimah Ismaël de Louxor? I wish I could have bought it at the Sotheby’s sale, where I encountered it.”

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“I came across this archival footage of Oskar Schlemmer’s 1970 Triadic Ballet at the Whitney Museum, in New York. The combination of fashion, art, and costume is unreal.”

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“This Nam June Paik Bakelite Robot, at Tate Modern, reminds me of Daft Punk—but with a retro vibe.”

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“Since we were in the English countryside, my sister Sara [right] and I decided to channel the Crawley sisters.”

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“As part of our country getaway, my friends and I went on a traditional hunt and had a picture-perfect picnic lunch.”