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Racinet. Complete Costume History

Hardcover, two vols. in slipcase, 9.4 x 12.4 in., 9.44 lb, 792 pages
New edition, only US$ 60
Original edition US$ 200
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Spanning antiquity to the Industrial Revolution, this complete reprint of Auguste Racinet’s work is a treasure trove of costume and fashion history. Artfully repackaged here in two volumes, it contains all of Rancinet’s original and colorful plates, chronicling clothing and accessories from every corner of the planet. An immeasurably resourceful book and a delightful browsing experience.

Togas, Turbans, Tailcoats, and Top Hats

The evolution of style from antiquity to 1888

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

Racinet’s organization by culture and subject has been preserved in TASCHEN’s magnificent and complete reprint, as have excerpts from his delightful descriptions and often witty comments. Volume 1 contains all the plates from Racinet’s work, reproduced in brilliant quality and displaying the original’s love of detail and color. Volume 2 collects the texts accompanying the images, giving descriptions and explanations, as well as the introduction by Françoise Tétart-Vittu.

Perusing these beautifully detailed and exquisitely colored illustrations, you’ll discover everything from the garb of ancient Etruscans to traditional Eskimo attire to 19th-century French women’s couture. Though Racinet’s study spans the globe from ancient times through his own, his focus is on European clothing from the Middle Ages to the 1880s and this subject is treated with exceeding passion and attention to detail.
The author

Françoise Tétart-Vittu studied 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. She is author of many books on costume history.

Racinet.
Complete Costume History
Hardcover, two vols. in slipcase, 9.4 x 12.4 in., 9.44 lb, 792 pages
Racinet.
Complete Costume History
New edition, only US$ 60
Original edition US$ 200
Save US$ 140