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Francois Lesage dies at 82; French embroidery king
Francois Lesage dies at 82; French embroidery king

Francois Lesage, the heir of the legendary Maison Lesage embroidery atelier that has long been embellishing Paris couture houses' most fantastic creations, died Thursday, the house said. He was 82. In a statement from Paris, the house said Lesage died "after a long battle against his illness," without providing any details. Founded by Lesage's father, Maison Lesage worked for the creme de la creme of early 20th century fashion designers, including Vionnet and Elsa Schiaparelli. As the number of embroidery studios in the French capital dwindled, the house of Lesage became the go-to spot for designers looking for exceptional work. Under Lesage's leadership, the...

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