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Sunglasses - Ogle

Ogle

  • Object:

    Sunglasses

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1969 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Acetate

  • Credit Line:

    Given by A. Oliver Goldsmith, in memory of his father, Charles Oliver Goldsmith

  • Museum number:

    T.244G-1990

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The eyewear firm Oliver Goldsmith created this glasses frame, titled ‘Ogle’, in 1969. Philip Oliver Goldsmith, a salesman for a small optical firm, founded his eyewear company in London in 1926. In 1935 his son Charles Goldsmith entered the firm with the aim of transforming glasses from a medical necessity to a fashion item. From the company’s offices in Poland Street, his sons A. Oliver and Ray Goldsmith built upon the company’s reputation for attention-grabbing designs and solicited celebrity endorsement for their products. Key clients included Lord Snowdon, the actress Diana Dors, Princess Grace of Monaco and Diana, Princess of Wales.

The firm created this design at a time when materials were cut and shaped by hand in the company workshop. The Ogle’s vibrant turquoise colour and curved frame shape made it a distinctive design which took advantage of fashion’s taste for stylised geometry at this time.

Physical description

Turquoise acetate sunglasses with an oval eye shape and a sculptured front.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1969 (made)

Artist/maker

Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Acetate

Dimensions

Width: 15 cm, Height: 5 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1990/200.
These glasses form part of a design archive of the British eyewear company Oliver Goldsmith. The archive, which consists of approximately 70 glasses frames from the 1930s to the late 1980s, was donated by A. Oliver Goldsmith, grandson of the founder, and former chief designer at the firm. A. Oliver Goldsmith donated the material to the V & A in memory of his father Charles Goldsmith.

Descriptive line

Acetate sunglasses 'Ogle' frames with exaggerated oval eye shape, made by Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, Great Britain, 1969

Categories

Fashion; Accessories; Plastic; Europeana Fashion Project; Eyewear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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