Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888 Auguste Racinet’s Le Costume historique was 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. TASCHEN’s complete reprint presents Racinet’s exquisitely precise and colored illustrations as well as his delightful descriptions and often witty comments. Spanning everything from ancient Etruscan attire to French women’s couture material is arranged according to Racinet’s orginal organization by culture and subject. As expansive in its reach as it is passionate in its research and attention to detail The Complete 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.