Auguste Racinet. The Costume History Hardcover – Illustrated, November 4, 2015
by Françoise Tétart-Vittu (Author)

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.

Roman headgear and hairdos of antiquity.

Roman, headgear, hair, antiquity


1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23

  • Nos. 1, 8, 9. After murals and bronzes in the Herculaneum.
  • No. 2: The headgear called Kausia, which was common among the Macedonians and was worn especially by sailors. After Caylus.
  • Nos. 20, 21st head of a female statue found in Apt in Provence, France from different sides. With a strip of leather or fabric to maintain the toupee.
  • No. 22. Veiled woman’s head after a sculpture.
  • No. 3. Alleged poetess after a mural painting from Herculaneum.
  • Number 13 represents a wig.
  • Nos. 4, 5. hairnets. After cut stones in the museum of Florence.
  • No. 6. Julia, daughter of Titus. After a coin in the “Cabinet des médailles” of the Paris National Library.
  • No. 7. Helena, the mother of Constantine. After an antique coin.
  • No. 10. Julia, daughter of Augustus.
  • No. 11. Female head, after Caylus.
  • No. 12. Woman with the Caliendrum, a kind of wig, after Caylus.
  • No. 17. Female head, after Caylus.
  • No. 14. Faustina, wife of Antoninus Pius. After a cut stone.
  • No. 15. Plautina, wife of Trajan. After a cut stone.
  • No. 16. Julia, daughter of Titus.
  • No. 23. Faustina, wife of Marc Aurelius. After a cut stone in the Louvre.
  • No. 18. Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, After a coin struck in Egypt. From the collection of Banduri.

Source: History of the costume in chronological development by Auguste Racinet. Edited by Adolf Rosenberg. Editor: Firmin-Didot et cie. Paris, 1888.


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.

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