Fashion Consultant and Talent Scout
After studying fine arts, Gianfelici Simonetta moved to Milan in the mid-80s, where she appeared in numerous advertisingcampaigns, publishing services and on prestigious magazine covers. Hers is a rapidly growing career: between New York, London and Paris, she is immortalized by the greatest photographers in the world: Ellen Von Unwerth, Fabrizio Ferri, Helmut Newton, Miles Aldridge, Paolo Roversi and Peter Lindberg, among others, and becomes the face of numerous advertising campaigns and commercials, as well as the face for beauty brands such as Dior, YSL, Chanel and Helena Rubinstein. She parades in major international fashion weeks for the most prestigious fashion houses like Balenciaga Comme De Garçonne, Dior, Fendi, Ferre, Versace, Gucci, Hermès, Gaultier, Della Renta and Valentino and works with Thierry Mugler and Vivienne Westwood,to whom she is both friend and muse. Even today, she lends her image to fashion as a testimonial.
Passionate about cinema and theater, she appears in the Robert Altman film “Prêt-à-Porter” and Jon Josts’s “The Long Shadow” , and was the star of several readings including “The Life of Hunger by Amélie Nothomb” and “The The Vagina Monologues ” by Eve Ensler, the latter in favor of the V-Day movement and associations working with women who are victims of violence. After a degree in photography, Simonetta Gianfelici worked as a fashion editor with magazines like Donna (Hachette Rusconi), Vanity Fair and Vogue Gioiello.
Thanks to her vast experience in the fashion industry, in 2003 she began working as a consultant focusing on scouting for new talent, giving birth in 2005 to the “Who is on Next ?” contest in collaboration with Alta Roma, Italian Vogue and Pitti Immagine. From 2013 she collaborates with the Ethical Fashion Initiative – a program of the ITC, International Trade Center, an agency of the United Nations and the WTO – focusing on scouting for designers and photographers from Africa.
Over the past 10 years she has participated at numerous Italian and foreign contest and selections for young talents, including: Mittelmoda Prize, Savignano sul Rubicone Photography Festival, Flanders Fashion Institute, Academy of Costume and Fashion, IED, Milan Fashion Degree Award (CNMI) “Generalitat of Catalonia 080 Barcelona’s National Design Award for Emerging Design “, CKM technical commission (creative knitwear design master), Polimoda, and many more.
In June 2013, she was awarded the High Distinction of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, for her constant commitment to the spreading of Arts and Letters in France and worldwide.