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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    late 1970s (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mikli (designers)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display at the British Music Experience, Liverpool

Elton John is one of popular music's most famed wearer of spectacles. Having started his career performing in pubs from the age of 15, he worked his way up the music industry ladder by playing in bands with his friends, eventually becoming a staff songwriter for DJM Records. On gaining a record contract in 1970, at the age of 23, his live performance became bigger and more flamboyant. Backed by a large catalogue of ballads and piano rock, his scintillating stage shows involved him performing in wild costumes, for which he commissioned spectacles to match.

This pair of sunglasses, with red and white plastic asymmetrical frames, decorated with an arrow picked out in white diamanté studs, were designed for French designer spectacle house Mikli. Mikli began in 1978 and continue to this day, creating handmade glasses and accessories that are popular with celebrities worldwide.

Physical description

Red and white plastic asymmetrical frames with metal hinges. Decorated with an arrow picked out in white diamante studs. Matching asymmetrical grey-tinted plastic prescription lenses.

Place of Origin

France (made)


late 1970s (designed)


Mikli (designers)


Height: 5.3 cm, Width: 15.7 cm, Depth: 15.8 cm

Descriptive line

Sunglasses worn by Elton John on 1981/2 British and World tours, made Mikli, France, ca.1970s. Red asymetrical frames with diamante studs.


Plastic; Metal; Diamanté


Entertainment & Leisure; Fashion


Theatre and Performance Collection

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