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The Button Box
Author: Lynn Knight

ISBN: 9780701188917
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 15 March 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 15.8 x 3.0
Description:
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.

About the Author

Lynn Knight was born in Derbyshire and lives in London. The women of her family, who have passed on many stories along with beaded bags and buttoned gauntlets, fostered her interest in the texture and narratives of women's lives. She is also the author of the ...

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