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.” ―

Etruscan Art. Jewels. Polychromatic ornament by Auguste Racinet.

Auguste Racinet, etruscan, art, jewels, civilization, ancient, Italy

Civilization of ancient Italy. The Etruscans, also obsolete Etrurians, were an ancient people in Etruria who lived in the northern central Italy in the area of today’s regions Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio and called themselves Rasenna according to Dionysios of Halikarnassos. Etruscan culture can be found in this area between 800 BC and the second half of the 1st century BC. After the conquest by the Romans (300 to 90 BC), the Etruscans were largely absorbed into the culture of the Roman Empire.


ALL the objects represented in this plate belong to the Museum of the Louvre; the greater part are in the Campana Collection, and some of the most interesting were found in a tomb at Vulci by MM. Noël des Vergers and Francois. The most ancient among them do not appear to date
further back than the later period of the Roman Republic, but nevertheless Greek and Egyptian influence are noticeable, the latter being especially visible in the frequent use of the scarabæus.

The fibula, consisting of a hand with ring and bracelet, and terminating in the form of a serpent, is considered to be Greek.

The intaglio set in the centre of the bezel of a ring (No.2), also capable of being used as a seal, appears to be of the same origin.

Ear-rings are considered to be the master-pieces of Etruscan jewelry. Those called à selle, a specimen of which may be seen in the subject representing a child suspended, in the upper part of the plate, on the right hand, belong to the best period.

Note:  The Kokoshnik. Traditional Russian hairstyles and headgear.

The necklace (No.1) is reduced to one half the size of the original. Nos. 2 and 3 are rings opened out. Nos. 4 and 5 represent heads of hair-pins. Nos. 6 and 7 are ear-rings reduced in size. The hand of Venus holding the apple of Paris is probably Greek.

Roman Clothing and Fashion by Alexandra Croom.

In this richly illustrated survey, Alexandra Croom describes the range and style of clothing worn throughout the Western Empire and shows how fashions changed between the first and the sixth centuries.

In some of the objects, of which the use is uncertain, the influence of the later Byzantine and Gothic periods may be recognized, and it is therefore doubtful whether they can be attributed to the Etruscans.

Source: Polychromatic ornament by Auguste Racinet. London, H. Sotheran and Co., 1877.


0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments