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March 2015
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"Unbutton the world" at the musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris.

"Unbutton the world" at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Photo 1: Attributed to Fragonard, Photo 2: Alberto Giacometti for Schiaparelli, 1930. Courtesy of Musée des Arts Décoratifs

This exhibition unveils a world-first collection of more than 3000 buttons,

plus a selection of over 100 items of clothing and accessories from the worlds of male and female fashion, chosen from the designs of the most emblematic couturiers, including Paul Poiret, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Jean-Paul Gautier and even Patrick Kelly. Dating from 18th to 20th century, these buttons are truly objects of art, defined by the precocity of materials and techniques incorporated into their fabrication. Created by artisans of different disciplines (lace-makers, embroiders, goldsmiths, glass-makers, ceramicists…), they alone crystallise the memory and evolution of this knowledge. Acquired in 2012, this collection was awarded the status of ‘Work of Major Heritage Interest’ by the consultative commission of National Treasures.
Until 19th July

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