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Milinaire

Glasses
1960s (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Philip Oliver Goldsmith, a salesman for a small optical firm, founded the Oliver Goldsmith eyewear company in London in 1926. In 1935 his son Charles Goldsmith entered the firm with the aim of making glasses 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.

A. Oliver Goldsmith designed this frame in the 1960s when plastic for eyeglasses was still cut and shaped by hand. This frame was available in over a hundred colours. To make a coloured frame like this one, a thin layer of coloured plastic was laminated onto a clear plastic base then clamped together for a week to press it flat as it dried. The plastic was then cut to the desired frame shape.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Plastic
Brief Description
Oval-shaped plastic framed glasses 'Milinaire', made by Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, Great Britain, 1960s
Physical Description
Green oval-shaped plastic frames.
Dimensions
  • Height: 4cm
  • Width: 13cm
Credit line
Given by A. Oliver Goldsmith, in memory of his father, Charles Oliver Goldsmith
Object history
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.
Summary
Philip Oliver Goldsmith, a salesman for a small optical firm, founded the Oliver Goldsmith eyewear company in London in 1926. In 1935 his son Charles Goldsmith entered the firm with the aim of making glasses 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.



A. Oliver Goldsmith designed this frame in the 1960s when plastic for eyeglasses was still cut and shaped by hand. This frame was available in over a hundred colours. To make a coloured frame like this one, a thin layer of coloured plastic was laminated onto a clear plastic base then clamped together for a week to press it flat as it dried. The plastic was then cut to the desired frame shape.
Collection
Accession Number
T.244Q-1990

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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