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  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion|l.a. Eyeworks Advertising Campaign Featuring Andy Warhol| Photography by Greg Gorman, 1985| courtesy of l.a. Eyeworks

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Iris Apfel Wearing Eyebobs| Photo depicts a three quarter shot of an older woman model wearing large round black glasses

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Iris Apfel Wearing Eyebobs|Photo courtesy of Eyebobs

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion|Eyelash by Tatty Devine, 2012| Three quarter profile photo shows woman wearing black sunglasses with eyelash feature attached to top of frame

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion|Eyelash by Tatty Devine, 2012| courtesy of Tatty Devine

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion|C-Stunners by Cyrus Kabiru, Photography by Amunga Eshuchi, 2012| Photograph depict male with futuristic style glasses made out of tin and wire

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion|C-Stunners by Cyrus Kabiru, Photography by Amunga Eshuchi, 2012| Photographic Print Series by Ed Cross Fine Art

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion|Star Optical Co.| Courtesy of Moscot

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Andrew Charles and Ray Goldsmith at the Dorchester Hotel Eyewear Trade Show, 1966| Black and white photograph depicts 3 men in white suits wearing glasses

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Andrew Charles and Ray Goldsmith at the Dorchester Hotel Eyewear Trade Show, 1966| courtesy of Oliver Goldsmith

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Exhibition Installation View of cases displaying glasses- Photograph shows two white, glass front exhibition cases with 6 shelves of glasses inside

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Exhibition Installation View of cases displaying glasses

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Exhibition Installation View of wall timeline Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Exhibition Installation View of wall timeline- image depicts of a vinyl timeline of the history of eyewear

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Exhibition Installation View of history of eyewear timeline

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion|Exhibition Installation side view of glasses case- photo edicts a side view of glass from eyewear exhibition case

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion|Exhibition Installation side view of glasses case

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Exhibition Installation View| Collaboration and Styling- photo shows 5 rows of various eyewear in glass mounted exhibition case

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Exhibition Installation View| Collaboration and Styling

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion|Exhibition Installation view of hands for glasses- image depicts plastic hands with red nail varnish contoured to shape around the face like eyewear

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion|Exhibition Installation view of hands for glasses

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in FashionChloe McCormick with NODH, 201| Photograph depicts a pair of white classes with hand embroidery through the frame in multiple vibrant colours

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in FashionChloe McCormick with NODH, 201| Photography by Nicholas O'Donnell Hoare

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Neo by Mykita, 2012| Photo depicts a hazy blue and pink hue over a female and male model wearing eyewear

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Neo by Mykita, 2012| courtesy of Mykita

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Spit Design| Photograph shows sheet of metal with numerous laser engraved shape of glasses frame

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Spit Design| Photography by Teerapon Techapnichgul of SPIT Design

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Sun Specs by Claire McCardell, 1953| Image shows photo-realist tonal drawing of rectangular glasses display case

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Sun Specs by Claire McCardell, 1953| courtesy of Optical Heritage Museum

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Thierry Lasry, DC Comics, 2010, Colette| Image displays whit elastic aviator glasses with one lens grey the other cover in diamantes

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Thierry Lasry, DC Comics, 2010, Colette

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Chief by Emma Montague, 2012| Photograph shows a side shot of a pair of glasses made out of a animals skeletal jaw

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Chief by Emma Montague, 2012| Photography by Gabriel Thomas

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Emmanuelle Khanh, 1970s, ©Julio Donoso/Sygma/Corbis|mage depicts eyewear fashion shoot of 5 women wearing numerous coloured sunglasses

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Emmanuelle Khanh, 1970s, ©Julio Donoso/Sygma/Corbis

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Archway, PQ| Eyewear by Ron Arad, 2013| Yellow framed grey tinted sense aviator style glasses

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Archway, PQ| Eyewear by Ron Arad, 2013

  • Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Archway, PQ Eyewear| by Ron Arad, 2013|Photograph depicts royal blue plastic framed tinted sunglasses

    Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion| Archway, PQ Eyewear| by Ron Arad, 2013

Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion

12 September–3 November 2012

Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion explored the cultural significance of contemporary eyewear and celebrated the rise and rise of fashion’s ultimate luxury accessory. The exhibition charted eyewear’s historical development from the mid-twentieth century until the present day; its role in fashion and popular culture was explored via the use of iconic archival objects and imagery.

Framed! featured over 200 frames on loan from public and private collections, eyewear companies, fashion houses and bespoke makers, which were contextualised by a newly commissioned timeline by Emily Alston. Featured dedicated eyewear designers and companies included British companies, such as Cutler and Gross, C.W. Dixey & Son and Linda Farrow, alongside international companies like Carrera, Mykita, Polaroid and Police. Designer ranges, collaborations and decorative eyewear on show were drawn from collections such as Alexander McQueen, Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Tatty Devine and Bernard Wilhelm. Eyewear prototypes on display ranged from Edward Gucewicz’s eyewear handcrafted from bone and Emma Montague’s designs combining bone, horn and acetate, to Chloe McCormick and NODH’s Tapestry Spectacles produced by 3D-printing techniques.

Studio Swine’s Hair Glasses, part of its collection of sustainable and biodegradable eyewear utilising human hair, was also on show, alongside a prototype from SPIT Design, a collective of industrial designers and engineers from the RCA. Their experimental design process has created a new form of pulse manufacturing called ZEUS.

Pushing the boundaries of what eyewear can be, the exhibition included work by Nairobi-based artist Cyrus Kabiru. Known as C-STUNNERS, Kabiru’s conceptual works lie somewhere between fashion, sculpture, wearable art, performance and custom-made commodities.

Fashion Space Gallery wishes to extend a special thanks to the following people:

Wally Berwick, Tamer Fernandes, Lunetier Vintage, Neil Handley (Curator, British Optical Association Museum), Lawrence Jenkin, Fraser Laing (General Eyewear), Dick Whitney and Diane Matuck (Optical Heritage Museum), and Lee Yule (Loveiwear).

Framed! was curated by Leanne Wierzba and Gemma Williams.