Auguste Racinet (1825-1893) was a French illustrator and painter. Published between 1876 and 1888, his Le Costume Historique was the most wide-ranging study of style ever printed, spanning the history of costume, dress, accessories, and even furniture and armor, from ancient times to the end of the 19th century.
In 1888, “Le Costume Historique” was consolidated into six volumes holding nearly 500 plates. Above images are from Volume 4, which focuses on European style from the 9th - late 16th centuries, and includes details of armor, furniture, and interiors as well as clothing.
How do you make a guy appeal to both Mimi-Rose and Jessa? Just put costume designer Jenn Rogien in charge.
“We wanted to play into some of the things that would make him quirky and weird, but also interesting and a little bit ahead of the curve—hence the shorts and the blazer,” explains Rogien. “It’s a bunch of weird stuff that shouldn’t work together, but Zachary Quinto can pull it off in a way I don’t think anyone else could.”
Ace’s look, in a word, is singular. “I think some people who live here in Brooklyn, like Bushwick or Bed-Stuy might relate,” Rogien says, “but his look could read very strange outside of New York City!”