Michael Angel: Gwen Stefani Designed amfAR Dress

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Michael Angel backstage at his Spring 2011 fashion show in New York.

Designer Michael Angel wants there to be no doubt: Gwen Stefani did design the lace-detailed black gown she wore to the amfAR gala at Cannes.

The dress, which raised more than $125,000 in the charity auction, sparked allegations that it was Angel, not Stefani and her L.A.M.B. label, who created the formfitting number.

"In choosing [a dress for amfAR], we just said, 'Let's make one,' which is a whole other job in itself," The Cut was told by "a rep" for Angel who also claimed Angel had been wrongfully credited as a stylist.

Not so, says Angel, insisting that the (now-former) employee spoke out of turn by dismissing Stefani's role in the design process.

“Earlier this week a former employee from my camp spoke to the press without having full knowledge of the collaboration between Gwen Stefani, L.A.M.B., and me," he tells FashionEtc. "I strongly want to reassure everyone that the dress was designed by Gwen Stefani for L.A.M.B. to wear and be auctioned off at the amfAR gala.

"I'm disappointed that the focus has shifted away from what Gwen and I originally intended, which was to create a custom outfit for a great cause. We both were thrilled with the outcome and enjoyed the process. I have nothing but respect for her and look forward to working with her on more projects in the future. I can assure you that this is my only comment on this matter and any other quotations or statements written on my behalf are false."

Glad that's cleared up! Oh, and note to loose-lipped underlings: Don't speak.