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Button History – From Amulets to Lavish Accessory

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Button HistoryA button was the first clothes fastener invented by humans. The buttons appeared to be the most durable of them. Whatever is offered by fashion brands from season to season as trendy zippers, Velcro fasteners or rivets, the buttons take hold of the position firmly in fashion industry. This is not a functional detail but the decorative accessory which sometimes live on their own, somewhere else but clothes.  

The Wikipedia defines the button as the clinch on the clothes designed to bind the parts. A button on the one part of the clothes is put into the buttonhole (loop) fastened to the other part of the same clothes and fastening is done so. Such a detailed description of button function is likely provided for further generations who are likely invent something more practicable and durable and comfortable than buttons.

The first buttons with the utilizing function to fasten were invented by the pragmatic Germans in the 18th century. Archeologists discovered many interesting diggings that relate to the third millennium B.C. in India and China. As the scientists believe such things are more reasonable to refer to decorative elements than to fasteners. They were paid too much attention to decorate the clothes with only buttons.

Privileges for men

It is curious that buttons were considered to belong to the men’s wardrobe only. Gradually fashion designers used buttons with female wear either but to the smallest extent. There is a myth evidenced as the real fact that one of Italian lawyers brought a case against a high society lady for the reason that she had too many buttons of her attire. However, the lady was too cunning to win the case. She managed to prove that the buttons on her dress were not buttons as they are since they have no buttonholes or other fastening details but only ornamental elements.

During the Age of the Enlightenment the technique to make buttonholes was completely mastered, though the clothes with many rows of buttons on a long male jacket with only two tabs at the collar was deemed high style. Noblemen used to wear clothes with buttons made from gold, silver, corals, amber, and pearls. However, buttons did not survive as the luxury details. The first strike to the status of lavish buttons was made by some Mathew Bullton from London. He opened a shop in 1767 trading in imitated buttons made from ordinary materials but completely imitating the precious ones.

Royal approach to buttons

Victoria, the Queen of Great Britain, set another impulse to fashion industry. As a widow, she signed a special decree on the funeral ritual regulations. She accentuated on the condition for all widows to wear opaque black buttons when doing funerals. The buttons for the Queen were made from agate stone. And then plain buttons from glass of dark color or just covered with a black fabric were offered for other women.

The fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli first used plastic buttons in her fashion collections. The professional chemist Jean Clément supported her in her business. Jointly they manufactured a huge assortment of colored buttons shaped as lemon, orange, grapefruit, ballet dancer, spoon, Cristmass bell, horses, paper clips and etc. as the convinced surrealist in fashion industry, Elsa Schiaparelli was of the opinion that buttons are the items to fasten to whatever area, even the crown of a lady’s hat.

Uniqe buttons

The German Company Van Laack specializes in manufacture of quality men’s shirts. The zest of the brand is the button with three holes. They are made manually from the pearl.

The buttons for the traditional Chinese wear are made from the narrow edge. They are skillfully folded as the «knobs» and then fastened to clothes.

Hand-made masters of today also commit to the button industry. The make exclusive designer buttons from wood, ceramics, self-hardening plastic and other natural materials. Some of those designers trade online for about 4 dollars a piece.

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