The complete costume history
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Togas, turbans, tailcoats and cylinders
The evolution of style from antiquity to 1888
Published for the first time in France between 1876 and 1888, Le Costume historique Auguste Racinet was studying broader and incisive devoted to clothing ever attempted before. The work in six volumes, covering the history of fashion, clothing and style around the world, from antiquity to the late nineteenth century, remains absolutely unique in scope and detail.
This complete reprint of TASCHEN presents the exquisite, accurate color illustrations of Racinet beside enchanting descriptions and often witty comments. Taking care of all that is between the style of dress of the Etruscans and the French haute couture, the material in this book is organized according to the original arrangement of Racinet, which divides the material on the basis of culture and subject. Its broad scope and great passion in research and attention to detail make The Complete Costume History an indispensable reference tool for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians and a rich source of inspiration for anyone interested to clothing and style.
Françoise Tétart-Vittu is head of the graphic arts department of the Musée de la Mode et du Costume de la Ville de Paris. He studied art history at the Sorbonne and has specialized in the history of the eighteenth and nineteenth century costume. Author of several books on the history of costume and exhibition curator, lives and works in Paris.
792 pages, cm 240x316.