The Button Box: The Story of Women in the 20th Century Told Through the Clothes They Wore (Hardback)
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The Button Box: The Story of Women in the 20th Century Told Through the Clothes They Wore (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 18/02/2016
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I used to love the rattle and whoosh of my grandma's buttons as they scattered from their Quality Street tin. An inlaid wooden chest the size of a shoe box holds Lynn Knight's button collection. This is a collection that has been passed down through three generations of 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' 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 sixties.

"Knight’s brilliant notion is to use the button box she inherited from her grandmother as a way of delving into the fabric, literal and metaphorical, of the women who wore them" - Sunday Times

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780701188917
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 554 g
Dimensions: 222 x 158 x 30 mm

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