Delicate Buttons for Delicate Lives

For centuries before Velcro and zippers came along, there were buttons! These charming scenes, carved from ivory and placed on colored foil, reflect tremendous care and skill and highlight the importance of buttons as fashion accessories. Even today, the choice of buttons can greatly impact the overall impression of a garment.
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Matchsafes in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Publication design: Heidi Humphrey
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Buttons in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Publication design: Gottschalk + Ash International
buttons, accessories, fashion, ornament, permanent collection

Folding Fans in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Publication design: H Plus
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Embroidery Through the Ages

The artistry and craftsmanship of embroidery from the 14th century through the 20th century is on display in this exhibition, with a focus on Western Europe. Works range from liturgical vestments, wallhangings, and linens embroidered by nuns to garments by modern designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, and Cristóbal Balenciaga.  Organized by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. 
embroidery, Europe, craftsmanship, handicrafts, needlework, fabrics, wallhangings, fashion, accessories, traveling exhibtions

Ornament in the Twentieth Century

This exhibition of decorative and emblematic ornament features a diverse assortment of objects, including logos, table settings, Louis Vuitton luggage, Russel Wright armchairs, Lalique glass, Elsa Peretti lipstick, and the Beatles' Rolls Royce Phantom V touring limousine—given to the Museum by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Organized by Richard B. Oliver, Curator of Architecture and Design, with exhibition design by Robin Parkinson.
ornament, automobiles, furniture, logos, accessories, glassware, exhibitions


The 500 matchsafes on view were selected from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum's collection of more than 4,000 matchsafes. Between the mid-19th century through the early 20th century, people carried matches in matchsafes to keep them dry and prevent accidental flames. Matchsafes were made from a wide range of materials, including all types of metals, ivory, wood, and even plastic.
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Button, Button

The Hewitt sisters collected buttons from the United States, England, France, and Eastern Europee. Selections from their collection, in addition to those from private New York collections, are featured in this exhibition of a thousand buttons. Materials include enameled and gilded porcelain, carved ivory, precious metal, and mother-of-pearl, as well as the synthetic materials that have been in use since the mid-1930s.
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Canes and Walking Sticks

The canes and sticks are chiefly from England and France and date from the early 18th century to the present. Some of the canes possess intricately carved handles in the shape of animal heads, while others are designed with an additional use in mind: a radio, a timepiece, a musical instrument, a sword, or a perfume bottle.
canes, walking sticks, accessories, exhibitions

Finished in Beauty: Southwest Indian Silver

From the Virginia Doneghy Collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, several hundred masterworks of silver are on view. Works by Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi tribes includes necklaces, rings, bracelets, horse bridles, and concha belts.
Native American, silver, jewelry, accessories, traveling exhibitions