Creative Director of Maison Lesage, Hubert Barrère at Cooper Hewitt. The workshop's raw materials and (inset) Matilda McQuaid and Mr. Barrère in discussion, on our contents page. (photo: Angela Jimenez)

 

Maison Lesage

Design By Hand At The Cooper Hewitt

The Cooper Hewitt is presenting a unique series of workshops this week. Participants are invited to learn the intricate craft of embroidery from Maison Lesage designers. The workshops are wonderful exercise for anyone that likes to work with their hands. Admirers of the historical and current work of the world’s premier house of embroidery will find their appreciation greatly elevated after a few minutes with a needle and thread. On Monday October 25, the Cooper Hewitt hosted a talk and presentation by Maison Lesage’s Hubert Barrère, part of their Design by Hand series, presented by Van Cleef & Arpels. Mr. Barrère, the artist director or Maison Lesage entertained us with a historical overview of  Maison Lesage. He presented entertaining express ride though the world of Haute Couture.  Since 1924 the House has worked with Europe’s leading designers who regard the impeccable craftsmanship and creativity of the Maison Lesage to be an integral part of their couture. After the presentation, during a discussion with Matilda McQuaid, Cooper Hewitt’s Deputy Curatorial Director and Head of Textiles, Mr.Barrère emphasizes that it takes both creativity and craftsmanship to work at Maison Lesage. With French élan and his jovial nature it became evident that the charming Mr. Barrère, a designer, artist and visionary, is also a natural diplomat – an equally important quality for the creative director and ambassador of Maison Lesage. Cooper Hewitt.  Maison Lesage. 

 

At the Maison Lesage workshops at Cooper Hewitt, the fine art of embroidery is taught.

 
 
 

The craft and the materials. At Maison Lesage handwork is elevated to a fine art. (images, Maison Lesage)

 
 

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