Attached is a well-illustrated article from the fashion-packed pages of a 1943 issue of CLICK MAGAZINE that served to document those style-craving women of the Forties who found button decorated clothing to be the high-water mark of personal distinction during an era when uniforms could be found on every city block:
"Keeping up with the Joneses' wardrobe is no longer a problem. Uncle Sam is standardizing the cut and fabric of wartime clothes. But already the American woman, with her zest for something different, has turned thumbs-down on style regimentation. In a frantic bid for individuality, fad-loving women are rediscovering the decorative button. Buttons are no longer just a practical devices for holding clothes together. They pep-up simplified silhouettes and restyle dated fashions.
On another note: the legendary fashion designer Christian Dior had a good deal of trouble with people who would illegally copy his designs; click here to read about that part of fashion history.
Read about the 1943 crochet revival