“Le Costume Historique”

“Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet’s “Le Costume Historique” was the most wide-ranging and intelligent study of clothing ever published. Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through the end of the 19th century, the great work - “consolidated” in 1888 into 6 volumes containing nearly 500 plates - remains, to this day, completely unique in its scope and detail”

- Taschen

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3 comments to “Le Costume Historique”

  • Estelle

    I could look at these forever, fascinating! Love all the hats - you could put a lot of them into a sci-fi film with no questions - especially the wacky stuff in picture 8. All the explicit bums must have come as a bit of a shock in the Renaissance.

  • I feel exactly the same about them, Estelle. I feel the fashions of time haven’t even begun to be rediscovered.

  • Estelle

    “the fashions of time”, what a lovely phrase!

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