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I used to love the rattle and whoosh of my grandma’s buttons as they scattered from their uality Street tinAn inlaid wooden chest the size The Button eBook #218 of a shoe box holds Lynn Knight’s button collection A collection that has been passed down through three generations of. The subtitle kind of sums this book up The story of women in the 20th century told through the clothes they wore It covers the wars the periods when women went to work and when they were turned back out of the work force suffragettes and suffragists the New Look It s not my usual area of interest but Lynn Knight makes this about than fashion it s about how fashion highlighted the preoccupations of women and what it said about their status and expectationsI found it really restful and yes interesting I love the concept of rummaging through a family button box to look at past garments and fashions It makes me wish I d dug through some of my grandmother s stuff sometimes I think even my mother has some odd buttons and so on lying around in a way ready made clothes being such a thing has cut my generation and somewhat the previous generation off from the continuity with family we used to have through rag bags and button boxes That s not all a bad thing but I loved the anecdotes from Knight about playing shop with the buttons for payment the buttons that reminded her of home made clothesIf you re a fan of the BBC s Great British Sewing Bee you ll probably love this If you re a fan of microhistory again it s probably up your street And if you need something restful to remind you of a childhood playing with buttons and doll houses well it might also be for youReviewed for The Bibliophibian

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The Button Box

Said Virginia Woolf of clothes The Button Box traces the story of women at home and in work from pre First World War domesticity through the first clerical girls in silk blouses to the delights of beading and glamour in the thirties to short skirts and sexual liberation in the sixtie. When did clothes go from being a necessity to a measure of our self worth The button box explores clothes for women through the last 150 200 years with a starting point of the button of said clothingMost of us grew up in households where our grandma our mother or even our father had a jarbox of buttons Old buttons extra button from a shirttrousers or new buttons because they looked pretty or was needed for a project This was a interesting read cause it combines personal tale history from the last 150 years set in England as the authors is English and shows how clothes goes from usefulness to status

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Women a chunky sixties era toggle from a favourite coat three tiny pearl buttons from her mother’s first dress after she was adopted as a baby a jet button from a time of Victorian mourning Each button tells a story‘They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us’. Do you have a button box or trailed your hand through one belonging to an older relative picking out fascinating treasures A diamante clasp a giant colourful disc or a intricate structure with brass filigree over colour each has a history and points to a particular activity or periodLynn Knight dips into her own button box and the stories behind her treasures allow her to present a social history mainly of women of the 20th century up to the 1970s For a pure student of social history the stories her present great detail on how women s lives changed over 70 odd years with information on earnings clothes costs and the workplace as well as the homeIf like me you share with the author a family history rich with dressmakers and well dressed aunts and a box containing buttons cut from outfits and reused some for close to a century this is also uite an emotional read As Knight tells the stories of her own family and the memories the buttons evoke I often found myself thinking about particular button in our family boxes old photographs and family stories On almost the last page Knight refers to a jacket of her mother s in the 1960s and how daring it was to choose a trouser suit and I could see my own mother in her red many buttoned suitThis is a book you can dip into each chapter is self contained around a topic and gives plenty to think about I also find myself flicking through for the pages showing clothing costs in different eras and the other domestic information and magazine extractsWhether you are fascinated by fashion I m a knitwear designer among other things or want to learn about domestic life in the 20th century there is much to draw you into this book


10 thoughts on “The Button Box

  1. says:

    35Do women still have a button box or tin lurking in a cupboard or drawer somewhere?I've used the word 'women' deliberately a sewing b

  2. says:

    The subtitle kind of sums this book up “The story of women in the 20th century told through the clothes they

  3. says:

    This is a wonderful book Lynn Knight takes us on a journey through her grandmother's button box using each button as a fo

  4. says:

    Loved the cover of this which is what attracted me to it uite interesting buttons in her sewing box from old clothes from relatives etc and she discussed fashions of those times etc

  5. says:

    Do you have a button box or trailed your hand through one belonging to an older relative picking out fascinating treasures? A diamante clasp a giant colourful disc or a intricate structure with brass filigree over colour each has a history and points to a particular activity or periodLynn Knight dips into her own button box and the stories b

  6. says:

    I absolutely loved this book I don't have a sewing bone in my body but the love of clothes and history in this book was a joy to read It also

  7. says:

    A revue of women's clothes and their lives at home and at work The author takes us through women's costumes from 1900 through the 1970s using the buttons in her grandmother's button box

  8. says:

    When did clothes go from being a necessity to a measure of our self worth The button box explores clothes for women through the last 150 200 years with a starting point of the button of said clothingMost of us grew up in hou

  9. says:

    An interesting idea exploring the history of women's fashion from the Victorian era to the 1970s using the author's button box as prompts for the different periods Most of the buttons contained in the titular box came from Knight's grandmoth

  10. says:

    A really very interesting book about the history of fashion and the evolution of women's lives It took me a while to settle into this book which i think is because I had an idea it would be about the history of each button and the associated garment rather than a generalised history It really should be titled the other way around Lifting t