REMEMBERING LESAGE: Vintage guru Didier Ludot is ushering in the couture season with an homage to the late embroidery designer François Lesage. “He came by [the shop] regularly to revisit his dresses,” recalled Ludot. “He knew everything, and he always had a great anecdote.” A window display of 15 dresses from Ludot’s private collection illustrates Lesage’s work. Two pieces by his close friend Christian Lacroix, a black Chanel gown worn in the Eighties by Inès de la Fressange for a fragrance campaign and a 1972 gold Yves Saint Laurent cardigan famously worn by Betty Catroux are among them. Fifties-era gowns by Balmain and Jacques Fath include the first one Lesage embroidered himself: a white satin dress with a feathered bustier dating from 1952. The pieces are not for sale, but will be on display for two weeks starting Monday at the Ludot’s boutique in Palais Royal.
Ludot Pays Homage to Lesage
A window display illustrates the late embroidery designer’s work.
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