Auguste Racinet. The Costume History by Françoise Tétart-Vittu.

Racinet's Costume History is an invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; and a rich source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in clothing and style. 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.

Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through to the end of the 19th century, the six volume work remains completely unique in its scope and detail. “Some books just scream out to be bought; this is one of them.” ― Vogue.com

French costumes from the department Finistère, Bretagne.

costumes, Brittany, Finistère, Bretagne, Châteauneuf-du-Faou, Carantec, Douarnenez, Quimper, Plonévez-Porzay, Scaër, Plogonnec, Langolen
Folk costumes in Brittany, department Finistre

FRANCE. FOLK COSTUMES IN BRITTANY. DEPARTMENT FINISTÈRE.

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7 8 9 10 11 12

No 1 and 6. Farmers from the Châteauneuf-du-Faou area; Arrondissement Châteaulin.
Felt hat with different colored chenille; corque, jacket. Rokedennon, embroidered vest. Open bottom jacket with red embroidered buttonholes. Bragou-braz in linen, pleated around the gouriz, a leather belt.

No. 6. wears an embroidered shirt collar, as it is only used by mountain dwellers, sometimes in red or black.

French traditional clothing, Elliant, Brittany, Finistère, folk costume,
Region of Elliant, Département Finistère.

No. 2. Peasant from Carantec, arrondissement Morlaix.
Felt hat with coloured chenille. Brown vest with blue sleeves and black horn buttons. White linen trousers with red belt.

No. 4. Man from Douarnenez, Quimper district.
Hat with velvet ribbon and colorful chenille. Corquen with coloured trimming. Vest with embroidered hem. Wide red wool belt.

French traditional clothing, Pont-l'Abbé, Brittany, Finistère, folk costume,
Region of Pont-l’Abbé, Département Finistère.

No 5 and 7. Guenedouriens or “White”; Arrondissement Quimperlé.
No. 5. hat with coloured chenille. White linen jacket with red embroidery. Blue vest. Wide linen trousers.
No. 7. farmer, representing the “young Bretagne”. Pants with bib; waistcoat; white linen jacket and round hat with velvet ribbon.

French traditional clothing, Quimper, Brittany, Finistère, folk costume,
Region of Quimper, Département Finistère.

No. 8. Man from Quimper.
Wide felt hat; embroidered jacket; vest with double row of buttons; pump pants.
Breton farmers wear the botoulezr (Восёs-lezr) or leather shoe only on festive days; their usual shoes are the botou-coad (wooden shoe). The farmer holds in his hand the pen-bas, a stick made of oak root.

French traditional clothing, Batz, Brittany, Finistère, folk costume,
Woman of the town of Batz, Départements Finistère.

No. 9. Man from Plonévez-Porzay; Arrondissement Châteaulin.
Blue jacket with velvet trim. Brown vest. Calico belt. Wrinkled trousers. Red or yellow wool garters. Gaiters and leather shoes.

Note:  Greece. Warriors of heroic and historical time. Leaders and Soldiers.

No 10. Mountain dweller from the area around Scaër; Arrondissement Quimperlé.
Round hat with narrow brim. Wide jacket. Double vest, one open, the other closed across the chest. Wide fabric belt. Linen trousers. Cloth gaiters, buttoned on the side.

Number 11. Man from Plogonnec, Quimper district.
Round hat with long velvet ribbon. Blue jacket and vest. Thick wool belt. Wide, wrinkled trousers. Fabric gaiters with 5 or 6 copper buttons.

No 12. Farmer from Langolen, Quimper district.
Small hat; short jacket; two vests, one closed, the other open; leather gouriz with buckles. Wrinkled leather trousers. Gaiters and leather shoes. Oak stick.

After studies by Gandon, pictures and photographs by Villard jun. in Quimper.

French traditional clothing, Batz, Brittany, Finistère, folk costume,
Early costume of a man from the town of Batz.

Source: History of the costume in chronological development by Auguste Racinet. Edited by Adolf Rosenberg. Berlin 1888.

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Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through to the end of the 19th century, the six volume work remains completely unique in its scope and detail. “Some books just scream out to be bought; this is one of them.” ― Vogue.com

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