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1780 button. Wax on printed metal. Photo: Jean Tholance.

1780 button. Wax on printed metal. Photo: Jean Tholance.

Anyone going to Paris? If so, check out Déboutonner la mode (Unbutton Fashion), an exhibit of over 3000 buttons at Les Arts Décoratifs now through July 19, 2015.

Arranged chronologically, the buttons belonged to a private collector and range from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Included in the exhibit are pieces of clothing by designers known for making great use of buttons like Paul Poiret and Elsa Schiaparelli.

Did you know that buttons have been around since the 13th century? Starting in the 18th century they became very expensive and elaborate, used for decoration particularly in men’s clothing.

Read more about buttons and the exhibit on the museum’s website.

A field trip to Paris sounds bon pour moi!

 

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