One book attempted to record the entire world history of fashion

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UNSPECIFIED - JULY 02: Auguste Racinet (1825-1893), Historic costumes (Le costume historique), Volume IV, 1888. France: war costumes between 14th and 15th century. Lithograph by Schmidt. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JULY 02: Auguste Racinet, Historic Costumes (Le Costume Historique), Volume IV, 1888, France. Horsemen, 14th-15th century. Lithograph by Urrabietta (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
FRANCE - JUNE 12: High dignitaries of the Moghul empire, lithograph by Chataignon from Historical costumes, Volume I, by Auguste Racinet (1825-1893), Paris, 1888. India, 19th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 12: Musicians and dancers from Persia, lithography by Dambourget, from Le Costume historique (Complete Costume History), Volume I, 1888, by Charles Auguste Albert Racinet (1825-1893). 19th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 12: Seventeenth-century jewellery, lithography by Schmidt published in Le costume historique, Volume V, 1888, by Auguste Racinet. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 12: Native Americans of the Mississippi and Colorado, lithograph by Nordmann and Sahn from Le Costume Historique, Volume 2, 1888, by Auguste Racinet. Native American Civilization, United States, 19th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 12: Clothes of Chinese women and of the region of Tartary, lithography from Le Costume Historique vol. II by Auguste Racinet, 1888, Asia 19th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
RUSSIA - JUNE 12: Historical dress of the Russian people from Complete Costume History Vol. V by Auguste Racinet, 1888, Russia 19th century. Lithograph. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 12: Costumes of the Cantons, litograph form Le Costume Historique by Auguste Racinet vol. V, 1888, Switzerland 19th Century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1997: Europe, 15th, 16th century - European warriors armours, from 'Le Costume Historique' (The Complete Costume History), IV volume, 1888 by Auguste Racinet. Lithograph by Schmidt. (Photo By DEA PICTURE LIBRARY/De Agostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1997: France, 12th, 13th, 14th century - French warriors armours, from 'Le Costume Historique' (The Complete Costume History), IV volume, 1888 by Auguste Racinet. Lithograph by Lestel. (Photo By DEA PICTURE LIBRARY/De Agostini/Getty Images)
POLAND - JUNE 12: Poland, ornaments horse Hussars, lithograph taken from Schmidt's Costume historique, Volume V, 1888, by Auguste Racinet (1825-1893). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
Asian jewellery, lithography by Spiegel published in Le costume historique, Volume I, 1888, by Auguste Racinet.
Historical dress of the Russian people from Complete Costume History Vol. V by Auguste Racinet, 1888, Russia 19th century. Lithograph.
Auguste Racinet (1825-1893), 'Le Costume Historique' (The Complete Costume History), IV Volume, 1888. France: Historical figures and minstrels of the13th-14th century. Lithograph by Lestel.
Auguste Racinet (1825-1893), 'Le Costume Historique' (The Complete Costume History), Volume IV, 1888. Europe: Women's hairstyles of the 16th century. Lithograph by Urrabietta.
Auguste Racinet (1825-1893), 'Le Costume Historique' (The Complete Costume History), Volume IV, 1888. France: knights and ladies at the end of the 14th century. Lithograph by Vallet.
Auguste Racinet, Le costume historique, Volume IV, 1888. France: costumes of 'time of Charles IX and Henry III, XVI century. Lithograph by Guyard.
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1997: China, 19th century - Imperial family of Chin, from 'Le Costume Historique' (The Complete Costume History), II volume, 1888 by Auguste Racinet. Lithograph by Chataignon. (Photo By DEA PICTURE LIBRARY/De Agostini/Getty Images)
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First published in six volumes between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet's Le Costume Historique was an unprecedented attempt to illustrate the entire history of human dress.

Spanning the armor of ancient Roman warriors, the garb of Pacific Islanders and the gowns of French nobility, Racinet's nearly 500 plates captured clothes, costumes and accessories in fastidious and loving detail.

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