A year ago, on my first trip to Paris, I spent hours at the Musee de Les Arts Decoratif’s special exhibit “Deboutonner La Monde,” roughly translated “Unbutton Fashion.” This was the first exhibit of a wonderful gift from a collector and it was superbly curated. Aptly, the fashion world noted this wonderful exhibit in many forums. I encourage you to take a moment to view this YouTube Video about the exhibit because it captures the beauty and the content of this amazing show.
Button design and creation was an expansive craft for many decades, with important and successful artisans, painters and sculptors designing unique artisan buttons of their creative works. Buttons carried political and social messages and their design was a noble profession. I loved seeing how designer Elsa Schiaparelli, whose designs were particularly import between World War I and World War II, gave a huge role to the button.
Here at Whispirit, we love to incorporate unique buttons into our simple designs, believing they make an artful statement about color, light and functionality.
We are very fortunate to have a wonderful artisan, Robin Pascal and her handcrafted dichroic glass Perfect Buttons, just a few miles away. Her buttons are often used as the “voila” accent on our one of a kind creations. Take a minute to browse her wonderful button designs. They are perfect to get “closure” on a special project.
We are in the process of designing our spring line…be sure to keep a look out for the buttons…they will be special.
Til next time. Sandy