Wearing one’s heart on one’s sleeve and jacket front.

A set of eighteen remarkable buttons each feature a small painting of groups of people of mixed races in a British West Indies island, then called Dominica, now Haiti and Santo Domingo. The artist, subjects and traditional history all collide to make the buttons an extraordinary combination of artistic significance, social history, and inventive design use.
buttons, Toussaint L'Ouverture, Haiti, Brunias, West Indies, jacket, scenes, landscapes, costume, textiles, hats

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.
buttons, fashionable, ivory, fashion, accessories, France

Buttons in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

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

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.
buttons, exhibitions. fashion, accessories