To receive training at the prestigious school of Lesage is to be invited to share over a century and a half of passion, talent and know-how, all in constant renewal. It means having the opportunity to learn the techniques mastered or invented by the largest Maison of embroidery arts.
In 1992 François Lesage became tired of seeing "the passementieres (or trim artisans) die, along with their secrets", and decided to found his school. Since then, more than 400 students from the four corners of the world, simple lovers of the art or professionals, attend the school each year at 13, rue Grange Batelière, the Maison’s historic location.
Each receives personalized training provided by outstanding embroiderers, some of whom work in the famous ateliers.
In doing so, he is sharing some of the extraordinary history of the Maison Lesage, which is inextricably linked to the greatest names in fashion.
Beginning with Albert and Marie-Louise, who bought the Michonet embroidery atelier founded in 1858, followed by their son François, who took over the reins of the venerable establishment at the early age of twenty, the Lesage family has always contributed to the success of the most anticipated collections. Heirs of an ancient artistry, they never ceased to innovate, in line with their illustrious sponsors’ quest for perfection and modernity.
The Maison’s archives hold the largest collection of embroidery art in the world, with 70 000 samples. Here you will find the creations that highlighted the most beautiful fashion shows of Madeleine Vionnet, Schiaparelli, Yves Saint-Laurent, Christian Lacroix, and all the famous international Couture establishments.
This collection is further enriched with each passing season, with exceptional pieces that the embroiderers of the Maison Lesage, whose workshops were moved to Pantin in December 2012, continue to create for Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Chanel and the wunderkinds of Haute Couture and luxury ready-to-wear.
In these acclaimed training programs, this is the treasure, these are the secrets of broderie d’intérieur embroidery that the passionate teachers of the Lesage school reveal to you, by guiding you in your own embroidery work with their expert eyes while you make pieces either specially created or chosen for the techniques they require.
Lastly, in the different seminars, design students and future managers in the luxury and fashion trades will learn about the historic and economic aspects of the Métiers d’Art, and particularly the Maison Lesage, which became part of the Chanel Group in 2002 within the latter’s subsidiary, Paraffection.
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