LE STYLE PEARLIES
I have loved the Cockney button covered clothes for a long time, amused by the creativity, intrigued by the history. I came upon some pieces made using this iconic style and I decided to research the whole concept a little.
"Pearly Kings and Queens, known as pearlies, are an organised charitable tradition of working class culture in London, England. The practice of wearing clothes decorated with pearl buttons originated in the 19th century. It is first associated with Henry Croft, an orphan street sweeper who collected money for charity. In 1911 an organised pearly society was formed in Finchley, north London. Each group is associated with a church in central London and works to raise money for London-based charities." -wikepedia
I suggest you look up these sites if the topic interests you. It is all very instructive.
Some authentic pieces are on display in the Museum of London.
What I love best of all are the interpretations of artists, artisans and designers, most of them British, of course.
for Queen Elixabeth's 80th birthday
Lulu Guiness' apartment via mirrormirror
world of interiors
Designers and artisans
Social Suicide via pingmag
Lulu Guiness-Ann Carington
Maybe you will be inspired to recycle the million orphaned buttons in your button box...