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Historic Costumes in Pictures

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The "History of Costume" or "Zur Geschichte der Kostüme" was printed from 1861 to 1880 in Munich by the publishing firm of Braun and Schneider. It was originally published as individual plates in a German magazine titled "Münchener Bilderbogen". Later, these plates were collected and bound into book form.

The total publication consisted of 125 pages, with four pictures per pages, for a total of 500 costume designs. These plates consisted of historical dress from antiquity to the end of the 19th century.

This book is an excellent source for students who are studying the history of fashion and for costume designers. One must be aware though, that these illustrations have a Victorian perspective to their designs.

The last 35 pages consists of contemporary folk dress (c.1880) from most European, Asian, and African countries. These provides a source for researching plays which take place during the Victorian period, such as "The King and I" or "The Sea Gull". The original book was published in German, so at times, the English translation is confusing. This is especially noticeable in the contemporary folk dress plates where many of the countries mentioned now have different names or no longer exist.

Dover Publications has an excellent reproduction of the printing entitled "Historic Costume in Pictures" by Braun and Schneider. ISBN #0-486-23150X

Plate # 1 - Egyptians, Moors, Turks

  • a) Ancient Egyptian King, Egyptian Commoners       
  • b) Moorish Princes
  • c) Turkish Official and Two Noblemen       
  • d) Turkish Women

    Photo Gallery

Plate # 2 - Ancient Near East - Assyrian, Persian, Egyptian

  • a) Assyrian High Priest, Assyrian King
  • b) Persian Nobility
  • c) Noblewoman, Egyptian Queen, Noblewoman
  • d) Egyptian Court Official, Egyptian King, Fanbearer

    Photo Gallery

Plate # 3 - Ancient Near East - Assyrian, Persian, Egyptian

  • a) Commoner, Assyrian Court Official, Assyrian Noblemen
  • b) Assyrian Soldier with Standing Shield, Soldier with Small Shield, Archer
  • c) Persian Soldiers, Persian Nobleman       
  • d) Mede Nobleman, Persian Nobleman, Persian

    Photo Gallery

Plate # 4 - Ancient Judah

  • a) Jewish Noblemen
  • b) Jewish Noblewomen
  • c) Soldiers, Jewish King       
  • d) High Priest, Levite - Church Officials

    Photo Gallery

Plate # 5 - Ancient Greece

  • a) Priestess, Noblewomen
  • b) Greek Soldiers - Generals
  • c) Olympic Victor, Priest of Bacchus, Greek King       
  • d) Greek Country People

    Photo Gallery

Plate # 6 - Ancient Rome

  • a) Standard Bearer (German), Roman General       
  • b) Roman Soldiers
  • c) Noblewomen, Slave Girl       
  • d) Roman Lictor, Emperor, Nobleman

    Photo Gallery

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