For the past couple of years I have been working on buttons for a project that is coming together now, an exhibition of reconstructions of uniforms of La Maison du Roy (royal household) of Louis XIV to Louis XVI (1661-1792). Followers of my blog and facebook page will have seen some of these buttons as they've been created, but now I have the opportunity to show some of the wonderful uniform reconstructions they have been placed on.
These wonderful works of art have been researched and made by Gabriele Mendella. The work involved is immense, with real care and attention to detail. This has included not only the little things like buttons from me, but having velvet braid woven to original design by passementiers Sevinch. And as you can see from these images, he has really created some things of beauty!
As a uniform began to come together, Gabriele would get in touch for the buttons required. A nice variety of threads have been used, from tambours to flatworm, in gold, silver and gilts, as well as silk. Techniques used were primarily wrapping and weaving, along with the occasional bit of embroidery.
You can see more images (of both buttons and the uniforms they have been placed on) over on my personal website by clicking here.
You can visit Gabriele's Facebook page, where images of other uniforms in the exhibition (including some stunning embroidery!) and research images have been posted by clicking here.
The exhibition opens in Milan on the 4th December 2015. All photos of completed uniforms © Gabriele Mendela/La Maison du Roy and used with permission. Other images © Gina Barrett