Beaulne Museum collection
Beaulne Museum collection

Buckle up! The history of the belt

Musée Beaulne, 96 rue de l’Union, Coaticook, Québec, Canada, J1A 1Y9

Feminine or masculine, the belt has always been worn by human beings and for various reasons. The exhibit « Buckle up! » The history of the belt reveals to us, for the first time at the Beaulne Museum, the different facets and functions of this essential costume accessory.

The beginnings of the existence of the belt date back to the Bronze Age (2700 to 900 BC. J.-C.). Originally, they were primarily utilitarian, essentially masculine, and were used to carry tools and weapons. For example, military belts are considered the first in history. The uses and functions of the belt have diversified over time. This is how sectors such as fashion, sport and many other socio-professional circles have appropriated it.

Although men were the first to wear the belt, women followed suit over time. Moreover, the use of the belt by women has brought greater typological diversification to this costume accessory.

This exhibition gives an overview of this accessory. From the sash to the belt signed Christian Dior, passing by the religious belt, the visitor will discover a panoply of artefacts steeped in history and meaning.