"Dressing up is a world that we create for ourselves and one we can put into our daily life. When you celebrate Christmas or a wedding of a friend, it’s an occasion to dress up. I think every occasion is a chance to dress up.” Battaglia dresses masterfully for every occasion, from fashion shows to art fairs. For a Yayoi Kusama exhibition in Moscow, she paired a crimson Comme des Garçons jacket with the red-and-white polka-dot art. A graphic poncho served as the perfect foil for a visit to one of Luis Barragán’s colour-block homes in Mexico. For a dinner at The White House honouring the Italian prime minister, she wore Jackie Onassis-inspired vintage Courrèges by day, and a silk charmeuse Armani Privé gown by night. “I love bringing joy to other people in what I wear. That’s the best compliment I could get,” she says. “It is good to make people smile. Smiling or laughing for 15 minutes a day will help you live longer.”
For more from this Irish exclusive with editor, Rosaleen McMeel, check out the December issue of IMAGE Magazine. On sale now.