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Fashion Spectacles, Spectacular Fashion: Eyewear Styles and Shapes from…

by Simon Murray

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0500516359, Hardcover)

An irresistible sourcebook featuring vintage glasses of all shapes, styles, and sizes—the very best of spectacle design

The twentieth century marked a turning point in eyewear design, fueled by a rapidly changing social and cultural landscape, new manufacturing techniques, the development of innovative materials, and the entertainment industry. Spectacles, which had previously been classed as purely functional, were transformed into an ultra-chic fashion accessory. This engaging book is based on Simon Murray’s amazing collection, built up over decades of avid collecting. An introduction explores the history of glasses and reveals how premodern features and materials remain a rich source of inspiration in contemporary design, from Andre Courrèges’s “Lunettes Eskimo,” a twentieth-century take on Inuit goggles, to Gucci’s “Leather Aviators.” Examples of pre-twentieth-century glasses and contextual shots of film and style icons sporting spectacles illustrate not only the finest inventions and innovations of the past but also their evolution into the diverse, eclectic range of styles available today. Illustrated with specially commissioned photographs by Drew Gardner, this indispensable guide to eyewear will appeal to fashion designers, stylists, costume designers, and lovers of vintage. 274 illustrations, 261 in color

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The 20th century marked a turning point in spectacle design. Eyewear, which had previously been classed as purely functional, was transformed into an ultra-chic fashion accessory. This irresistible sourcebook features vintage glasses of all shapes, styles and sizes the very best of 20th- and 21st-century spectacle design. It is based on Simon Murray's amazing collection, built up over decades of avid collecting from optometrists, markets and antique shops across the globe. The book also includes futuristic eyewear, thus extending the timespan of the collection into the 2020s and beyond.… (more)

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