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Glasses - Hep


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1963 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Acetate and plastic

  • 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 Oliver Goldsmith in London in 1926. In 1935 his son Charles 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.

Charles Oliver Goldsmith designed this frame in 1963 at a time when materials were still was cut and shaped by hand in the company workshop. The style was designed for the Audrey Hepburn film ‘Charade.’

Physical description

Black plastic rounded frames with a keyhole-shaped nose bridge.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1963 (made)


Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Acetate and plastic


Width: 15.5 cm, Height: 5.5 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

Plastic rounded frames 'Hep' with a keyhole-shaped nose bridge, made by Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, Great Britain, 1963




Fashion; Accessories; Plastic; Europeana Fashion Project; Eyewear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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