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.” ―

French Farmer and villager, maid, fiddlers in 15th century.

15th century costumes. Gothic clothing. medieval france farmers.

Farmer and villager, maid, fiddlers, 15th century.

French Farmer and villager, maid, fiddlers in 15th century.

Dance of the Dead. Medieval burial scene. Gothic period, late medieval costumes. 

Laboureur et villageoise; Chambrière; Ménétriers. MS. à la Bibl. Imp. de Paris; le 5. de la Danse de morts de Blais”

From the book: Les arts somptuaires: Histoire du costume et de l’ameublement et des arts et industries qui s’y rattachent. Paris: Hangard-Maugé, 1858. Author: Charles Louandre (1812-1882). Artist: Ferdinand Seré (1818-1855). Lithographer: Auguste Racinet.

Note:  Dutchmen and Burgundians, 15th c.
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