Monday, December 20, 2010

Chanel Paris Byzance: Atelier Lesage

I am very impressed by these pictures from this magic place, L'Atelier Lesage in Paris, where all the stunning embroideries of the last Chanel collection have been created.

The history of the Atelier starts when the father of François Lesage, Albert Lesage and her mother Marie-Louise Favot, modelist in Madeleine Vionnet, bought the Michonet house in 1924. François Lesage produced her first dress of haute couture in 1950. Since then, it accomodates in its workshops all the great names of haute couture: Dior, Balmain, Givenchy, Chanel and especially Christian Lacroix.

In 1992, the school of Lesage embroidery opened its doors in rue de la Grange-Batelière 13.


Mr Lesage's office...

In the Pre-Fall 2011 Collection of Chanel, Paris-Byzance, Lagerfeld was inspired by the Empress Theodora and the lost culture of Byzantium. He explained: "Theodora was a circus artist who became Empress, like Chanel, who was a little singer and became a fashion empress."

Lagerfeld had transformed the second-floor couture salon at the brand's iconic Rue Cambon store into a sort of Ottomanesque chill-out room  with beautiful models in beautiful suiting  decked out in gold chains, braiding, jeweled buttons, glittering stones and feathers. 

Photos from The cherry blossom girl and

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