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

Traditional Japan costumes 19th century by Auguste Racinet.

Traditional Japan costumes. 19th century. Antique Kimono. Buddhist monks clothing
Japan costumes 19th century.

Japan costumes 19th century.

Japan costumes of Riksha or jinrikisha man with a distinguished Japanese woman with servant. Buddist monks on high wooden shoes and traditional garb. A traditionally dressed Japanese peasant, she carries with her child on her back. A Japanese musician playing traditional stringed instrument called koto. In the background a geisha dancing with a fan and dressed in an elegant kimono.

‘Le Costume Historique’ by Auguste Racinet.
Lithographed by Chataignon for Firmin Didot.
Paris 1876-1888

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