The other evening, I went to a talk by Caroline Cudmore who runs a button-making business. Caroline makes gorgeous fabric-covered buttons for couture designers, theatrical costumes, upholsterers, bridal designers, etc. And they are stunning little works of art.
The good news is that you don’t have to be a top designer to order her buttons. If you just need to match a button for an existing item of clothing, she’s happy to make that one little button for you.
We all had a lot of fun poking around the boxes of buttons Caroline brought with her, but first she told us a bit about the history of buttons – from prehistoric bone and horn buttons through to Queen Victoria’s jet buttons and on to Bakelite and plastic.
She encouraged us all to have a rummage through our ‘button tin’ (we all have one, don’t we?) and see if there’s anything interesting there. I did have fun looking at my button collection but I don’t think I’ll be bequeathing anything to the V&A.