Author: Lynn Knight
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
View: 1428I used to love the rattle and whoosh of my grandmaâe(tm)s buttons as they scattered from their Quality Street tin. An inlaid wooden chest the size of a shoe box holds Lynn Knightâe(tm)s button collection. 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 motherâe(tm)s first dress after she was adopted as a baby, a jet button from a time of Victorian mourning. Each button tells a story. âe~They change our view of the world and the worldâe(tm)s view of usâe(tm) 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.