Do you have any idea how complicated and utterly unnerving might ever be to create a very detailed, very scrupulous encyclopedia of fashion? When he embarked on his project Le Costume Historique, Auguste Racinet probably did not.
Le Costume Historique wanted to be a comprehensive guide to the whole history of fashion. And I mean all of it. Coming out in volumes between 1876 and 1888, this attempt at an encyclopedia of fashion from the ancient Roman armors on. Auguste Racinet might not have been able to complete his project, but the meticulous details have something fascinating that make this humongous amount of work worth taking a look.
You can find a few pages in the gallery, enjoy!