According to Nina Edwards (On the Button: the Significance of an Ordinary Item, London, New York, 2012) the button, this modest small disc that is used to fasten our clothes, is the most ‘European’ element of dress.  Indeed, as Edwards points out, certain European languages use a derivative of the French word, ‘bouton’: ‘button’ in English, ‘bottone’ in Italian, ‘botón’ in Spanish and ‘botão’ in Portuguese, while others, especially Northern European languages, rely on the German equivalent,...

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