Gala Gown best of Giovanna Battaglia — revealed!

Yesterday evening amfAR gala in Cannes, a partygoer stood out among the rest for us: stylist W and collaborator Giovanna Battaglia, who showed up on the arm of boyfriend Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, in a stunning gown, we barely recognize did not. Wrongly (briefly identified and Internet speculation as vintage Versace.)

On a hunch that it was, in fact, vintage, we asked Cameron Silver antique guru of decades of Los Angeles to weigh. Silver spotted immediately as a Stephen Sprouse. And this afternoon Battle, she wrote to confirm. The piece, he says, is a 1992 by Sprouse Rare Vintage, Juliana Cairone, New York. (Longtime readers may remember Cairone postcard you sent us his trip to Hong Kong). Battle with the gown with Sergio Rossi shoes and clutch and a jacket of Emilio Pucci, but the dress itself is clearly the focal point. "I was so happy when I found it!" he says. "It is a piece of art for me."

Photo: courtesy of Emilio Pucci

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