Published on October 24, 2012 | by Shereen Lawrence

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Sixty years of spectacular fashion

London College of Fashion's exhibition on eyewear

More the 60 years of spectacle fashion at the LCF. [Malgorzata Anna Smiejkowska]

London College of Fashion is holding an exhibition charting the historical and cultural story of eyewear.

Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion, at LCF’s Fashion Space gallery, features 200 frames varying in colour, style, manufacturing and size – some of which have never been seen in public before.

The exhibition also documents the progression of materials, design, branding, advertising and editorial – from the 1950s to the present day – through an archival imagery timeline illustrated by Emily Aston.

Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion explores the influence of eyewear within fashion, by examining how celebrities have incorporated spectacles and sunglasses as part of a signature aesthetic.

Curators of the Fashion Space gallery, Leanne Wierzba and Gemma Williams, believe that eyewear is the ultimate fashion accessory.

Highly affordable

“Eyewear is now highly affordable, just like clothing. The high street produces copies of more expensive designer eyewear, making it accessible to all.

“Performers like Lady Gaga and Will.i.am incorporate all kinds of amazing vintage pieces – bringing edgy eyewear design into the mainstream”, said Wierzba.

The pair also suggested that individuals should experiment with eyewear until they find the look that they like.

Williams said: “We recommend that people look beyond Vision Express and Sunglass Hut to explore independent opticians and vintage eyewear shops.

“There are a lot of amazing and unique pieces out there waiting to be worn.”

Wierzba and Williams hope people will realise the role eyewear has played in fashion, and “consider it as part of the fashion ensemble” when they visit the exhibition.

The exhibition is open until November 3 on the 1st floor of LCF on John Princes Street.

 

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