On the Button

On the Button

The Significance of An Ordinary Item

eBook - 2012
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On the Button is an inventive and unusual exploration of the cultural history of the button, illustrated with a multiplicity of buttons in black and white and color. It tells tales of a huge variety of the button's forms and functions, its sometimes uncompromising glamour, its stronghold in fashion and literature, its place in the visual arts, its association with crime and death, and its tender call to nostalgia and the sentimental. There have been works addressed to the button collector and general cultural histories, but On the Button links the two, revealing why we are so attracted to buttons, and how they punch way above their weight.
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : Distributed in the United States and Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
ISBN: 9780857730121
0857730126
9780857720924
0857720929
1848855842
9781848855847
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxviii, 260 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)

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