The Costume History book review


Once in a while we’ll make an attempt at reviewing some of the stuff we use in our daily jobs. This is one of these attempts. Be gentle. Also, you can just slide down to the images in case you’re in a hurry ;)

It’s wonderful to be in the digital era where search engines bring us all the amazing research we need but some stuff you can’t find online (or you can, but not in the highest of resolutions.) So whenever a massive book on Historical costumes appear, it’s like a blessing from above.
One of those books is Taschen’s “The Costume History” by Auguste Racinet.

Within its 400+ pages you’ll find depictions of clothes worn around the world but you get more than one flavour of these, since the book is divided in 4 different chapters and each covers a certain period. It’s a wonderful travel from the ancient eras all the way to the 19th century. This book gives a true sense of costume evolution since you get to see what some countries donned from the medieval era, to the renaissance, to the dawn of the modern era.

Other extremely important things in this book are the depictions of not only the clothes but also hairstyles, jewelry and even some of the every day items in the lives of these far away people as well where they lived. True, it’s not thorough enough but it’s a good starting point to further your research.

Lastly, we’d like to say that this book does not teach you how these clothes were assembled or even put on. Many times you won’t find how the costumes looked from more than one angle which is something that for us can become a bit frustrating but the thousands upon thousands of images from nobles to peasants, daily life depictions and luscious colours are truly fabulous.

Click on the images to see the full size if you like ♥








Hope you enjoyed this mini review and let us know your thoughts! Do you have this book too? What’s your favourite historical costume?

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