Maison Lesage (Hardcover)
Haute Couture Embroidery
Thames & Hudson, 9780500021538, 224pp.
Publication Date: January 15, 2019
One of haute couture's best kept secrets, Maison Lesage has collaborated with the biggest names in fashion during its more than 100-year run, from Chanel, Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta, to Cristobal Balenciaga, Valentino, and Alexander McQueen. Founded in 1858 under the name of Michonet (then supplier to such fashion legends as the House of Worth) before being bought by the Lesage family in the 1920s, Maison Lesage has created exceptional embroidery motifs, often requiring hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of precise beadwork, for star fashion designers across the decades.
Perhaps best known today for the masterpieces it creates for Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel collections, the house was bought by Chanel in 2002 as part of its Paraffection group to ensure the survival of its unique history and extraordinary skills.
Illustrated with specially commissioned photography from the house's archives and illuminated with texts by Patrick Mauries, who has written extensively on Chanel, Maison Lesage is both a tribute to exceptional craftsmanship and a journey through 100 years of fashion at its most sumptuous and inventive. This book will be coveted by anyone interested in luxury fashion.