From all smart fashion accessories, the couture button is my favorite … !
For once, this week, there is no question of women’s cloakroom! Because of all the subjects, it’s the button that I prefer (my nod to a French singer, Caroline Loeb)
So this is it. I decided, if you will, to take you on a journey to discover the 1001 materials of the button. But above all, little glossary on THE button!
Are you ‘PPOC*’??! (to be pronounced “POK”)
It is used daily. And yet, the couture button is probably from all our accessories, the one that has a thousand and one tricks and secrets. Do not sociologists call it the ‘PPOC’? Because yes, the PPOC qualifies the couture button of the *Smallest Cultural Object, the S.C.O.! In French: ‘Plus Petit Objet Culturel‘. Simply because the sewing button is one of our most common clothing uses.
And I do not resist sharing this quote from an Austrian architect, keen on fashion and style.
“If nothing else survives of a vanished people but a single button, it would be possible for me, from the form of this button, to deduce the dress and customs of this people, their habits, their art and his intellectual life. So big is the importance of this button. I wanted to underline the relationship between the inner culture and the external culture. The way is as follows: God creates the artist, the artist creates the time, the time creates the craftsman, the craftsman creates the button.”
Adolf Loos, Words in the Void, 1897-1900, Ivrea, 1994
Nice introduction, isn’t it?
P as polyester or R as resin?
Here, I grant you: I love all these divine resins!
Polyester is, of all the resins, the most widespread in couture buttons since the second half of the 20th century with a peak in the 70’s.
But there is resin and resin! Because while polyester is a commonly used plastic resin, there are many more sophisticated ones; including a beautiful resin from milk, more unknown: Galalith or mineral ivory. And I am passionate about Galalith! It is refined, white in the natural (that is to say before being tinted). It is especially as hard and resistant as ivory and of course, it has nothing to do with real ivory. (Wink to Stella ™)
Galalith is milk-white because it comes from a protein with the nice name of casein. And we consume a lot of it without knowing it because it comes from milk!
The mother of pearl
In the 19th century, France is the cradle of mother-of-pearl in the world. The city of Meru was the fief of all manufactures!
Mother-of-pearl is the star of couture buttons and jewels. It’s actually an amazing combination of carbon and calcium! And contrary to what we can believe, mother of pearl is organic and non-mineral. And when you caress her … what an intimate sweetness!
What is also fascinating with the mother of pearl, besides its beautiful iridescent reflections, is that there are all kinds! These couture buttons are perfect to fashion a dress or, as for coat buttons, the icons of your outfit!
Gray mother-of-pearl, from pearl oyster but also abalone, a seashell found on our atlantic beaches, there are many sorts and all of them make statement
White mother-of-pearl is often considered the purest and most expensive.
My mother of pearl couture buttons but also my original design buckles that fashion my bracelets and leather cuffs are 90% of French origin: mainly Tahiti and also some gray nacres from Japan.
Or less precious … ! All the wood species are the muses of the couture button, object of sculpture! I get carried away for the good cause …
The wood inspires and it imposes itself as master! Master of the couture knob in raffia, cedar, olive, beech or walnut from our French countries. Only the oak resists him because too hard considering the size of his friend button.
All the woods are beautiful! And the button is KING. If it is rosewood, ebony or Macassar, then you are adorned with subtle jewelry.
And anyway …
This is the button I prefer! And if you like this piece of jewelry like me, then go here! The glossary of the button and its materials: plural resins, horn, rock crystal, Sèvres porcelain …
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