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Sunglasses - Ruanda

Ruanda

  • Object:

    Sunglasses

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1964 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plastic

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    T.244K-1990

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Philip Oliver Goldsmith, a salesman for a small optical firm, founded this 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 created this frame in 1965. Imitation tortoiseshell became very popular at this time. As an alternative to real tortoiseshell (which by the late 1960s became scarce, expensive and then illegal to buy and sell) plastic imitation tortoiseshell quickly became a style statement.

Physical description

Imitation tortoiseshell plastic sunglasses with deep squared frames and round eye-shaped lenses.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1964 (made)

Artist/maker

Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Plastic

Dimensions

Height: 6 cm, Width: 15.5 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

Imitation tortoiseshell plastic sunglasses 'Ruanda', made by Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, Great Britain, 1964

Materials

Plastic

Categories

Plastic; Fashion; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project; Eyewear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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