Auguste Racinet: The Complete Costume History


Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888,Auguste Racinet’sLe Costume historiquewas in its day themost wide-ranging and incisive study of clothing ever attempted. Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through to the end of the 19th century, the six volume work remainscompletely unique in its scope and detail.

This TASCHEN reprint presents Racinet’sexquisitely precise color illustrations, as well as his delightful descriptions and often witty commentary. Spanning everything from ancient Etruscan attire to French women’s couture, material is arranged according to Racinet’s original plan by culture and subject. As expansive in its reach as it is passionate in its research and attention to detail, Racinet'sCostume Historyisan invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; and a rich source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in clothing and style.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR |Françoise Tétart-Vittustudied art history at the Sorbonne and specialized in the costume history of the 18th and 19th centuries. For many years she was head of the graphic arts department and curator at the Musée Galliera, Musée de la Mode et du Costume de la Ville de Paris.