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Sunglasses - The Martian

The Martian

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1950s (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 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, Princess Grace of Monaco and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Charles Oliver Goldsmith designed this frame at a time when the plastic was cut and shaped by hand in the company workshop. The frame received much publicity at the time. Its unusual design, with the sides of the frame emerging from the nose, was photographed being worn by celebrity actress Diana Dors on July 15, 1956.

Physical description

White plastic sunglasses with undulating sides emerging from the nose.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1950s (made)


Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 5.5 cm, Width: 16 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

White plastic sunglasses frames 'The Martian', given by Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, Great Britain, 1950s




Accessories; Fashion; Plastic; Europeana Fashion Project; Eyewear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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