Parisian Textile Tour, 13th - 16th April 2025

4 days

Parisian Textile Tour, 13th - 16th April 2025

Upon arrival in Paris, make your way to Paris Gare de l’Est train station where you will be met by Mark or Nadine. We have reserved accommodations for you at the “Ibis Styles Paris Gare de L'est Magenta”. Once you've checked in, feel free to grab some lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. In the evening, we will embark on a scenic river boat tour of the Seine with dinner served under the twinkling lights of Paris.

The next day, after breakfast, our group will divide into two for a captivating morning or afternoon excursion led by Rebecca Devaney on her “Textile Tour of Paris”. This tour will take you to some of the most iconic fabric stores in Paris, ending with a special private tour of “Au Ver à Soie”. The rest of the day is yours to shop or explore the city at your own pace.

On our final day, we will journey to Versailles where you'll visit the Musée de la Toile de Jouy and have an exclusive experience at the magnificent Maison Sajou guided by Rebecca from “Textile Tours of Paris”. Following lunch, spend the afternoon exploring the grand Palace of Versailles. After a full day, we will return to the hotel for you to enjoy a leisurely dinner. Check-out will be the next morning.




About The Host

Rebecca Devaney

Rebecca Devaney

Rebecca Devaney is a textile artist, researcher, and teacher with a BA in Art and Design Education (2006) and an MFA in Textile Art and Artefact (2015) from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She received the prestigious Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award (2015), to research hand embroidery in Mexico and the resulting exhibition, Bordados: Embroidered Textiles From Mexico, a collection of photographs, interviews, and textiles, has been presented internationally.

Rebecca’s Art practice is inspired by poetry and she explores women’s experience of the social constructs of beauty and femininity through embroidered and embellished textile sculptures. Her artwork has been exhibited in Ireland, France and the United States and she has completed artist residencies in India (2017), the United Arab Emirates (2017) and France (2020).

In 2018, following her graduation from the prestigious École Lesage, Paris, Rebecca worked as a professional haute couture embroiderer for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton. Her research into the origins, history, and heritage of haute couture embroidery has been published in Surface Design Journal, Selvedge Magazine, The Stitcher's Journal, The Maker's Atelier and books including Embellishment and RÉBÉ and has featured in several episodes of the Haptic & Hue Tales of Textiles as well as the Dressed podcast series.

In 2019 Rebecca established Textile Tours of Paris to share her love of the rich heritage of craft, textiles and fashion woven into the fabric of Paris. She organises guided walking tours of the haberdasheries in Le Sentier, the historic centre of luxury fashion in Paris and also to the vintage textile specialists in the oldest flea market in Paris. Since 2020, Rebecca teaches online courses in embroidery and the history of luxury French textiles. Samplers of Seduction was launched in 2022, a collection of beautiful embroidery kits inspired by 18th century patterns and designs hidden in the libraries and museums of Paris. In 2023, Rebecca and Jo Andrews began publishing Textile Travels, a series of guides for the intrepid textile traveller that include Paris, London, Dublin, Lyon, with more to come. Rebecca will launch her first television series on the Joie de Vivre streaming network in 2024.



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