Jul 6, 2022

Fashion Designer Issac Mizrahi on How the Button Changed the World

Some ubiquitous objects, such as the buttons on our clothes, are often taken for granted or overlooked. Not so for fashion designer Issac Mizrahi.

Before buttons, clothes were bigger and draped bulkily over the body. And while we don’t know for certain who first invented the button, it seemed to pop up around 2,000 BCE. Surprisingly, the buttonhole didn’t appear until about 3,000 years later. Early buttons were mostly decorative, but eventually, people started slipping them through buttonholes, which must be cut to a precise size given the dimensions of the individual button. Suddenly, fashion meant flattering, form-fitting duds!

Buttons have stood the test of time because, unlike other closures such as the zipper or Velcro, they hold together the most securely. It’s an almost perfect example of a small object turning into a big idea.

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