"Buttons at first were ornaments for clothing"
Initially, the buttons were not anything but ornaments sewn on clothes. The first buttons date back 2000 BC and in ancient togas and tunics were decorated with buttons sewn. Only in the 1300s it was the idea to remove the buttons and find them a purpose, that of locks. Immediate result was very close to the Gothic fashion. The Renaissance was a true mania button. Some clothing items were decorated by hundreds, even thousands of buttons, which could also be closed.