By and and and  on December 1, 2011

PARIS — François Lesage, the fabled embroidery designer who executed a vast tapestry of commissions for over half a century’s worth of grand couturiers and young designers — from Cristóbal Balenciaga to Jason Wu — has died in Paris at the age of 82.

Lesage made his last public appearance last week, looking frail but jovial at a ceremony during which he was awarded France’s honorary distinction of Maître d’Art. He had been fighting a long illness, Maison Lesage said Thursday.

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