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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
A Gaucho wearing the chiripá, or loose over-trousers, and carrying the bolas around his waist.
Peru 1821. Females of Lima. Historic costumes. Lima is the capital of the South American Andean state of Peru. Lima is located on the Río Rímac at the foot of… Read More
The Textile Manual is an encyclopaedia of textile information, from material to yarn, from fabric structure to the finishing process. Encompassing practical tips for a range of textiles and detailed visuals, this ultra-accessible manual is the perfect companion for fashion aficionados and aspiring fashion designers.
Free Mulatto of Lima, Peru. Mulâtresse libre, Lima. Source: Le Musée cosmopolite. Costumes actuels de tous les peuples, gravés sur acier par les premiers Graveurs de Paris. Paris, Ancienne Mon… Read More
AMERICA, Country Woman. Rio de la Plata – about Buenos Aires, Montevideo.
A Chola from La Paz wearing a Bowler hat. The Bolivian chola of La Paz wears a small derby-like hat, which is made either of felt or of highly varnished… Read More
Traditional Huaso costume from Chile. The huaso, or cowboy of Chile´s central plain, is a picturesque, a character as the cowboy of North America`s western prairie. Illustration by Jo Bartas.
Coffee picker from Costa Rica in traditional clothes. Costa Rica, the catering and preparation of the coffee crop generally begin in November and continue until April. Illustration by Jo Bartas
Woman from cuba in traditional rumba costume.
Ecuador woman with Panama hat 1930s. Babies swing in cloths or shawls knotted over the mother´s shoulders. Natives of Ecuador’s province of Manabe weave from fine palm fiber the so… Read More