Lesage Creates Embroidery Fireworks in Paris

Lesage, a French specialty house now owned by Chanel, has been using sequins, beads and metallic threads to create explosions of color for decades.

“Embroidery is to haute couture what fireworks are to Bastille Day.”

No one seems to know precisely when François Lesage said this, although the speculation at Maison Lesage is that it was sometime in the 1980s when embroidery was very much in vogue in haute couture collections.

Case in point: One embellishment created for a fall couture outfit comprised 30,000 transparent gold glass beads, 10,000 light-gold cuvettes (curved sequins), 1,000 black sequins and 5,169 roses in gemstones such as ruby and amethysts. “It’s an allover blouse,” said Hubert

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