I've been Framed!

As an eyewear designer you think you have seen it all when it comes to two-circles-and-two-straight-lines, you look at every brand under the sun, vintage and present, from every corner of the real/cyber world. However last week I marveled again in front of a well curated eyewear exhibition as some frames were, in fact, completely new to me! The exhibition is called "Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion" at London College of Fashion and it's the latest and first of a series of exhibitions entitled "Elements of Fashion"exploring the objects and concepts which fluctuate at the edges of the fashion system (at the edges? you mean everyone lives and breathes eyewear like I do?), the exhibition highlights eyewear's role within fashion and popular culture from high-crafted 50's spectacles to today's weird and wonderful creations. I also found Emily Alton's illustrated eyewear-timeline so rich of anecdotes, here are a couple...

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And here are the frames I liked most. These frames are called "Turanette" and have a double-tiara design which held hairstyles in place, neat and clever!

picture by Eyespectacle - "Turanette" frames by Tura, circa 1950
picture by Eyespectacle - "Turanette" frames by Tura, circa 1950

picture by Eyespectacle - unknown frames, circa 1950
picture by Eyespectacle - "Futura" frames by Silhouette, circa 1973

picture by Eyespectacle - frames by Silhouette, early 1990s

picture by Eyespectacle - frames by Gianfranco Ferre', early 1990s

picture by Eyespectacle - frames by Paloma Picasso, late 1980s

picture by Eyespectacle - "Butterfly" frames by Oliver Goldsmith, reproduced from a 1960s style

picture by Eyespectacle - frames "Caline" by Theo

picture by Eyespectacle - frames "Bruges Lace" by Theo, 2005

picture by Eyespectacle - frames by JC De Castelbajac, 2009

picture by Eyespectacle - frames by Mercura NYC, 1992

picture by Eyespectacle - frames by JC De Castelbajac, 1986

picture by Eyespectacle - frames by Mercura NYC, 2010

picture by Eyespectacle - frames "Oxford Boobs" by Cyrus Karibu, 2012

picture by Eyespectacle - frames "Tapestry Spectacles" by Chloe' McCormick and NODH 2012

picture by Eyespectacle - frames "Hair Glasses" by Studio Swine, 2012

picture by Eyespectacle - frames "Hairess Blonde" by Emma Montague, 2012

So, if you love eyewear like I do and you live or happen to be in London between now and the 3rd of October you MUST check out London College of Fashion's latest and first of a series of exhibitions entitled "Elements of Fashion".

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