9th May is Hurray for Buttons Day, which is all about celebrating buttons, which actually have a really long history, with the first buttons dating back to 5000BC.
Buttons actually remind me of my grandmother who had an enormous collection of them in old biscuit tins – now that she’s passed away I’ve got the button collection (I also inherited her tendency to hoard items). I’m not sure how she ended up with so many, but this isn’t a blog for personal stories anyway.
Back to the history of buttons: they were originally used for decoration and stamping, and weren’t actually used as fasteners until the 13th century in Germany. In 1938, the National Button Society was established in the US, but it now has members from all over the world.
I’ve used an image from Christian Lacroix’s SS1988 couture collection featuring some sun-shaped buttons, and if you’re looking for something with unique buttons, Moschino have a range of items with heart-shaped buttons at the moment.