ARTS & CRAFTS: Chanel-owned Ecole Lesage hosted an open day Wednesday to show off its recently renovated premises.

The embroidery school, which holds courses accessible to all, from beginners to advanced students, has also created a series of new designs for its courses to modernize its curriculum. The new embroidery designs will be taught to students from November.

Maison Lesage, founded in 1924, was acquired by Chanel in 2002 but also creates for other leading fashion houses.

Teachers at the school, initiated in the house’s techniques, offer eight different levels of tuition to students from around the world. A different design is created at each level of tuition.

More than half of its students come from abroad, and 4,000 have studied there since it opened in 1992. Each course lasts between 30 and 60 hours, and costs between 1,000 euros and 2,000 euros, or $1,100 and $2,200 at current exchange.

Techniques taught use both needlework and Lunéville hook embroidery methods, and involve embroidering with beads and sequins as well as incorporating fabrics like leather, PVC and silk.

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