June 19-27, 2023
From Worth and Poiret to Schiaparelli and Dior, see the birthplace of haute couture and explore the reason why Paris remains a global arbiter of style. Join April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary on an adventure through the fashion capital of the world! Get exclusive looks into fashion history balanced with plenty of free time to master that joie de vivre like a true Parisian.
Art, cuisine, literature, history, romance…Paris is known for so many delights! Don’t miss your chance to see the “City of Lights” with like-minded fashion enthusiasts and your favorite fashion historians!
DAY ONE- Enchanté and welcome to Paris! Check in to the charming Hotel Joséphine (fittingly inspired by the legendary chanteuse and style icon Josephine Baker), relax and get ready to meet your fellow travelers and April and Cassidy at tonight’s cocktail party at the hotel.
DAY TWO- The Palais Galliera, the Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, is the perfect start to our time together. With more than 200,000 pieces in the museum’s permanent collection we will visit the permanent galleries for a survey of fashion from the 18th century to today. We will also visit the museum’s special thematic exhibition, which has yet to be announced.
After enjoying lunch on your own, we reconvene to visit the Musée Carnavalet. The newly renovated museum gives visitors an in depth look at the history of Paris. April and Cassidy will lead a tour on fashion during the French Revolution, and we will view some rare surviving examples of Marie Antoinette’s wardrobe.
DAY THREE- After a seven year closure, the Parisian icon, La Samaritaine, has reopened its doors. Today we begin with an in depth tour of this beautiful art nouveau inspired department store. Our guided tour will reveal the unique history and architecture of the department store- and of course you just might find the perfect souvenir!
It is time for something truly unique- a live recording of your favorite podcast! We will be joined by fashion historian and haute couture embroiderer Nadia Albertini to discuss her book Rébé: Broideries Haute-Couture. This will be followed by the opportunity to take an in-person embroidery class with Nadia where you will embroider a vintage Rébé motif created for Dior.*
DAY FOUR- Today we explore the world of Marie- Antoinette, the 18th century Queen of Fashion. We head to Versailles on a private motor coach while Cassidy and April regale us about court etiquette before exploring the excesses of the palace and the beauty of the vast gardens for yourselves. Begin with an audio-guide of the main state rooms of the palace. After marveling at the grandeur of this former hunting lodge turned palace, meet the group in the garden for a picnic lunch alongside the swans gliding peacefully on the Grand Canal
April and Cassidy will provide some background for the fashions popular at the court of Marie-Antoinette as we enjoy a delicious French feast with freshly made quiche, salads, cheese and baguettes. We continue our tour of Versailles deep in the gardens with a visit to the often overlooked Petit Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet. The Petit Trianon was Marie- Antoinette’s private escape from court life, and while much smaller than Versailles, it is no less opulent. The Hamlet just beyond the Petit Trianon was a small village built in the Norman style for the Queen to revel in bucolic diversions (which included a flock of sheep dyed pink!). It is straight out of a fairy-tale. Return to Paris on our private motor coach and enjoy the rest of your evening.
DAY FIVE- With so much to offer, we know you have those bucket-list activities in Paris you’ll want to visit while you are here. Today we take a brief break from the official tour and give you the opportunity to discover Paris on your own. April and Cassidy have curated a wonderful list of recommendations for those wanting to dive deeper into fashion history on their own.
Tonight you have the option to visit a Parisian must, a sultry evening at one of the world’s top cabarets! The Crazy Horse Cabaret offers a tasteful nearly-nude show that is described as sexy, chic, and quirky. Enjoy the 90 minute dazzling show with Cassidy, April, and your fellow travelers over a glass of champagne.*
DAY SIX- It is time to pick out that perfect vintage item to take home as a souvenir, and there is no better place to find it than Les Puces flea market! We begin our day here, the oldest flea market in Paris where you can rummage, explore, and shop to your heart’s content. There are several blocks of independent vendors- there is nothing you can’t find at Les Puces! The rest of the day is yours to explore the city of light!
DAY SEVEN- Azzedine Alaïa is the undisputed king of cling! Today we visit the Fondation Alaïa to see the couturier’s creations up close. A lover of fashion history himself, Alaïa’s own personal collection of vintage haute couture is also frequently on view.
Today we also step into the realm of the demi-monde and into the home of one of Paris’s most famous courtesans and haute couture clients, La Païva. During this exclusive private tour of La Païva’s sumptuous mansion, we will learn more about the lives of the grandes horizontales, how courtesans accumulated immense wealth and fashionable influence in the upper echelons of Parisian society. Our private tour will showcase marbles by Rodin, paintings by Baudry, and a bathtub that dispenses milk, lime-blossom water and champagne! The evening is once again yours to relax.
DAY EIGHT- Paris is best enjoyed with all five senses. Today we use our sense of smell to create our own blend of perfume at the legendary French perfumer, Fragonard! We will be greeted by our “nose” led through all the scents necessary to create the perfect perfume. We take our newly mixed perfume, Fragonard apron, and a diploma as souvenirs of this uniquely French activity!
Tonight we say “au revoir” to our fellow travelers over a lovely French meal. We will reminisce about all the great times we’ve shared, the incredible things we have seen, and the friendships forged.
This is truly a one of a kind tour designed for fashion history lovers by your favorite fashion historians. Don’t miss your chance to share this once in a lifetime experience with like-minded travelers!
Your Knowledgeable hosts:
April Calahan is a fashion historian, writer and professional podcaster living and working in New York City. She serves as a Special Collections curator at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and her work has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, WWD, Architectural Digest and The Business of Fashion. She has lectured at cultural institutions around the world including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Yale University, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and Parsons School of Design. In addition to authoring/co-authoring three books on the history of fashion, she is also the co-Executive Producer/Host of Dressed: The History of Fashion, which is produced by iHeart Radio.
Cassidy Zachary is a fashion historian specializing in the social and cultural significance of dress throughout history and today. She is an executive producer and co-host/creator of iHeartRadio’s award-nominated podcast Dressed: The History of Fashion. Her work can be found in Vogue, The New York Times, and WWD among many publications. She is the founder of the popular blog turned Instagram account The Art of Dress where every week she shares her passion for fashion history with over 300,000 followers around the globe.In addition to co-authoring the book Fashion and the Art of Pochoir, she has contributed to numerous publications on fashion and has lectured on the topic throughout the United States. She is currently pursuing her PhD in History at the University of New Mexico where she is studying the intersections of fashion, race, and colonialism.
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YOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- 8 Nights at a 4- star centrally located boutique hotel
- Welcome cocktail party
- Breakfast each day
- Palais Galliera
- Musée Carnavalet
- Guided tour of La Samaritaine
- Live podcast recording
- Versailles state rooms, gardens and Petit Trianon
- Luxury picnic at Versailles
- visit to Les Puces
- Fondation Alaia
- Private guided tour of La Paiva Mansion
- 90 minute perfume workshop at Fragonard
- Authentic French farewell dinner
- Gratuities for all tour guides
- Paris Metro pass
- Private transportation to Versailles
- Awesome Swag!
- Optional Crazy Horse Cabaret show
- Optional embroidery workshop
The package price for a double occupancy room is $3,500 per person. A single occupancy room is $4,450. A per person $750 deposit is required at the time of registration to hold your spot on the tour. The deposit is fully refundable until January 18, 2023. The final payment will be due April 18, 2023 and is non-refundable.
Airfare and transfers are not included. We recommend flying into Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport. Taxi’s and ride shares are the recommended method to get to the hotel.
Many travelers prefer to fly to Paris a day before the tour starts to rest off the jet lag. If you require extra nights at the hotel, please email Laura Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange it for you.
This tour is for travelers 18 and up. The maximum group size is 25 people.
We will be relying primarily on the Paris metro to get around Paris and therefore you can expect to walk several miles a day and encounter lots of stairs.