François Lesage

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François Lesage (March 31, 1929 to December 1, 2011) was a French embroidery designer and heir to the embroidery atelier, Maison Lesage.[1][2][3][4] Lesage was a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur.[1]

Lesage was born in Chaville, France, on March 31, 1929.[2]

Lesage inherited the Maison Lesage, which was bought by his father, Albert Lesage, in 1924.[2] He became well known for his embroidery work throughout the French high fashion houses in Paris.[1] Lesage shepherded the business throughout the late 20th Century, at a time when many other traditional embroidery houses in France disappeared.[1] Under Lesage, the House collaborated with new, well known fashion clients, including Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Balenciaga and Dior.[1] Lesage partnered with many of the era's best known fashion designers, including Elsa Schiaparelli and Vionnet.[1]

François Lesage sold the Maison Lesage to Chanel in 2002. Chanel had begun its acquisition of many of Paris' top petites mains in a bid to ensure their continued survival in a changing fashion industry.[1]

Lesage was awarded the Maître d'Art from the French Ministry of Culture in November 2011, just one week before his death.[2] At the time, Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand said, "I cannot imagine fashion without embroidery, embroidery without Monsieur Lesage."[2]

Francois Lesage died at a Paris hospital on December 1, 2011, at the age of 82.[2] He was survived by his wife and four children.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Francois Lesage dies at 82; French embroidery king". Associated Press (Los Angeles Times). 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Frankel, Susannah (2011-12-02). "Farewell to man who gave haute couture its shimmer". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Eric (2011-12-01). "François Lesage, Who Led Embroidery Atelier, Dies at 82". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  4. ^ "François Lesage obituary". The Telegraph. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2011-12-21.