Costume History

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Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet’s Le Costume Historique was in its day the most wide-ranging and incisive study of clothing ever attempted. This reprint presents the same exquisite illustrations and witty commentary from Racinet. Spanning from ancient attire to French couture, the contents of this book are arranged by the author by culture and subject. With his attention to detail and passion for the art of fashion, Racinet created an indispensable source of style and clothing.