Déboutonner la Mode

Courrèges, Spring/ Summer 1970, Couture Future collection; photo © Patrick Sauteret

Exhibition, Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, France, until 19 July
Although small in size, the priceless materials and skills involved in making these pieces dating from the 18th to the 20th century render them fully-fledged objets d’art. Produced by artisans ranging from embroiderers, soft furnishers, glassmakers, and ceramicists to jewellers and silversmiths, the items crystallise the history and evolution of these skills. The button has also fascinated famous painters, sculptors, and jewellery makers, inspiring them to produce unique miniature creations for the great couture houses.