“Our role is to be chameleons.With Karl, I am Karl. With Christian, I am Christian… We receive a sketch and it is up to us to interpret. The couturier is the architect, we are the decorators.” (Lesage, AFP)
The master embroiderer Francois Lesage, has died at age 82. Heir to a long artistic tradition in the service of luxury and of clothing distinction. His work has been hugely influential in the changing face of fashion during the 20th century. His name is associated with the most striking designers in high fashion: Madeleine Vionnet’s purity; the surrealist extravagance of Elsa Schiaparelli; the perfection of Balenciaga; and now the sophistication of Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.
Jean-François Lesage is descended from three generations of embroiderers and his father is the legendary haute couturebrodeur François Lesage. Rather than following in his father’s footsteps, embellishing extravagant gowns for Paris fashion houses, the young Lesage headed off to India in 1993 and set up his own workshop in Madras for embroidering home furnishings. Click here to read more