New York. Vendome Press. 1988. Originally published by Editions du Chene in 1987. Hardback, dust jacket. 172 pages. Illustrated throughout in colour. 320 x 260mm (12½ x 10¼"). 1.5kg. 0865650942. English. Near fine; a very small nick to top edge of rear jacket, lightly bumped to rear of base of spine; no inscriptions, not price-clipped.
This superbly illustrated book traces the work and careers of the Lesage family of embroiderers. Husband and wife, Albert and Marie-Louise Lesage worked as embroiderers for Vionnet and Schiaparelli. Their son Francois inherited the family talent and took the art of embroidery to new heights. His creations graced the haute couture fashion of all the great designers of the second half of the twentieth century, including Jacques Fath, Pierre Balmain, Cristobal Balenciaga, Hubert de Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, Hanae Mori, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein and Carolina Herrera. The embroidery is exquisite and this book justly brings the Lesages out from the shadows and gives their creations the spotlight they deserve.