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Next on the Mademoiselle Privé agenda was a visit to Maison Lemarié: the atelier in charge of creating all of the feather & flower work for both prêt-à-porter & haute couture collections. 

I attempted to make a Camelia rather unsuccessfully- I only got as far as shaping the petals. It takes a specialist at the atelier (with over 10 years of experience) an average of 30 minutes to hand make a single Camelia. 

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This time last week I was returning from beautiful Paris. 

Next on the “Mademoiselle Privé” experience (once the show had finished on Tuesday) was a visit to Lesage in Ponteau. 

Lesage are responsible for the couture embroideries we see in Givenchy, Balenciaga, Dior, & Chanel (of course). Chanel bought this company in 2002 so the atelier could survive & stay open in Paris. 

After studying the story of Lesage in Fashion History a few years ago, I was like a little girl in a sweet shop. Every couture pattern, embroidery & design you can think of is there. They are all hiding in every drawer and corner of the establishment. 

Then came the tough part, and something I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget. I spent the afternoon embroiding my own brooch, surrounded by beads, tweeds &, of course, macaroons. 

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