Courtiers & Couturiers: London & Paris
March 13-21, 2015
In London, enjoy exclusive access to the workroom of Henry Poole & Co. Housed in a charming Victorian building, this bespoke tailor is credited with inventing the tuxedo and launching Savile Row as a fashion headquarters; it still produces livery for the royal household. Then travel by Eurostar to Paris for an immersion in Belle Époque couture and its famed fashion houses. See Coco Chanel’s apartment, normally closed to the public, above the House of Chanel on the Rue Cambon to marvel at the mirrored spiral staircase she designed.
Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to London
March 14 - LONDON
Arrive in London this morning and transfer to The Capital, a Georgian townhouse hotel. Visit Philip Treacy, one of Britain’s foremost hat designers. This evening gather for a welcome dinner
March 15 -LONDON
We focus on the Elizabethan theatrical costume archives at the Globe Theater featuring a selection of costumes created by Jenny Tiramani for the Globe’s original practice productions, using carefully research and reproduced Elizabethan techniques. After lunch, visit the National Portrait Gallery where we will observe the changes in fashion with our special fashion and textiles editor as our guide
March 16 - LONDON
See the famed Savile Row area, beginning at the Savile Row Bespoke Association, whose tailoring house members continue to develop and protect this Mayfair area’s reputation for fine men’s tailoring. Visit one of the members, the renowned Henry Poole on Savile Row, for a special tour of their workshop and livery department. Following lunch, walk along the Bankside of the Thames to the Fashion and Textile Museum where we are invited for afternoon tea with a British designer
March 17 - LONDON/PARIS
Visit the Victoria & Albert Museum, with their extensive costume and textile collections and the special Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition, being the first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe. Travel by Eurostar train to Paris, with lunch served on board. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Dinner at a nearby restaurant
March 18 - PARIS
Recently re-opened, the Musée de la Mode in the Palais Gallerie is housed in a 19th-century Renaissance-style palace and boasts collections showcasing the development of fashion from the 18th century to present day. Continue to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, whose collections include designers such as Sèvres and Aubusson in addition to tracing the development of costume and accessories from France’s Regency period to contemporary designers
March 19 - PARIS
Visit the renowned high fashion house of Lanvin. See the famed Rue du Cambon where we will tour the Chanel boutique with its famous mirror staircase
March 20 - PARIS
Admire the 19th-century masterpieces of the Musée d’Orsay. Celebrate our journey at our farewell dinner
March 21 - PARIS/U.S.
Afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight home
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