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Glasses - Cat Eye

Cat Eye

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1966 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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 1966 when plastic for eyeglasses was still cut and shaped by hand. The smoky colour of this frame, referred to as 'mink' at that time, was achieved by laminating brown plastic on to black plastic. Though it was designed in the UK, Goldsmith had this frame made in France as the prices were competitive at that time. In 2009, Oliver Goldsmith eyewear launched a replica of this design.

Physical description

Brown plastic rectangular frames with a slight cat-eye shape.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1966 (made)


Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques


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

Plastic rectangular framed glasses 'Cat Eye', made by Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, Great Britain, 1966




Fashion; Plastic; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project; Eyewear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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