At the Movies
60’s Movie Stars helped to transform glasses from a badge of disability to a fashion accessory. Oliver Goldsmith supplied many 60’s stars with eyewear and got his material ideas from a button shop. The movies that helped were Audrey Hepburn’s ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ (1961), Michael Cane’s ‘Ipcress File’ (1965) and Woody Allen’s ‘What’s New Pussycat’ (1965). They showed how you could be cool and sexy and wear specs.
Earlier stars like Sgt Bilko, George Burns, Groucho Marx and Harold Lloyd wore glasses that added to the comedy effect. Harry Potter’s specs are magical rather than silly and his little round gold NHS glasses were also worn by John Lennon, Ozzy Osborne, Janice Joplin and more. Johnny Depp wore a similar frame in ‘The Ninth Gate’(1999), a change from his regular 50’s plastic tortoise shell frames that he wore at the Oscars. The 50’s ‘Malcolm X’ metal combination frames are worn by the sinister Jack Coleman as Noah in ‘Heroes’.
Jamie Fox’s Ray Charles in the movie ‘Ray’ contained a host of 50’s eyewear models particularly Raybans and Ray’s classic tortoise frames that are similar to our Black Eyewear range. The new Bond Movie ‘Quantum of Solace’ will have the usual latest styles in eyewear and we hope a certain ‘Black Eyewear’ model will feature prominently in a scene from Tosca.