Tribute by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, to François Lesage

From Schiaparelli to Chanel, Balmain, Balenciaga, Dior, Christian Lacroix
or Yves Saint-Laurent, the embroiderer François Lesage was a
“accomplice” for the greatest designers. His mastery, his look,
his imagination accompanied them in their dreams most

François Lesage was both the heir to a house of excellence and a
man anxious to pursue the tradition in the only way that
valiant: by innovating, inventing, playing with new materials
and new ways of doing things. He was also a man with soul
generous and facetious in spirit.

Anxious to transmit an art he had carried to the highest level, he founded
1992 an embroidery school that now attracts students from

He was among those who recall the little distance that separates art from
craft. Frédéric Mitterrand had just appointed him Master of Art as
on November 23 during a ceremony where all the
the profession had given him a warm welcome.