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Ludot Pays Homage to Lesage

A window display illustrates the late embroidery designer’s work.

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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.

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