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THE HISTORY OF SUNGLASSES - A FASHION ACCESSORY

Every decade has its own distinct style.

Today, we have at our disposal an endless variety of sunglasses. Starting with the darker lenses, through the various existing frames, to the colored lenses. 

Some glasses become icons of Pop culture. Sunglasses with an aviator frame and cat eyes are among the best known styles all over the world.

As with any area of fashion, the styles and appearance of the most fashionable glasses are constantly changing. The sunglasses used in films have had a great impact on contemporary styles, and have often reflected the spirit of the season. The films and series have been and are one of the main influencing agents of fashion trends.

Here we leave an overview of various fashion icons and their influence on fashion sunglasses


1950s: Grace Kelly's style

In 1956, American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco. Princess Grace often wore black sunglasses both before and after the wedding. The square glasses, which were a mark of Grace Kelly's personal style, influenced the fashion industry. To this day, this style is considered synonymous with vintage chic sunglasses.



60's: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn barely knew that even after so many years, the sunglasses she used in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's would still be a fashion icon today. The format is so connoted to the actress that they are sometimes called "Audrey Hepburn glasses". It was probably the first time, that the sunglasses of a movie had a great impact on fashion, but it was not the last. Most of the most popular sunglasses since the 1960s have followed the classic Hepburn example.



The 70's: Eight to 80's

When we talk about sunglasses from the '70s, two iconic shapes come to mind, round glasses and oversized glasses. The round frames, called by many people "Jon Lenon glasses" are associated with the hippie culture of the '60s and '70s. While oversized glasses were part of the pop culture of the 1970s, once again, much thanks to the work of Hollywood


The 80s: From Top Gun to the Crazy 80s

Top Gun is undoubtedly one of the films to which the fashion for aviator glasses is attributed among men. The glasses of the main actor, Tom Cruise, had green lenses and a golden frame. Despite the popularity of the film, many people associate aviator glasses with police glasses. The reason many people make that association is Erik Estrada. The actor played the role of patrolman Francis "Ponch" Poncherello in the TV series CHiPS. As the actor played a policeman, the glasses with this format and his name were forever associated to this profession.

One person who will always be remembered for his eccentric choices of sunglasses is Sir Elton John. Of course, these glasses are not always recommendable for everyday use. However, the glasses worn by Elton Jon are among the most creative and exclusive in history. Elton John was often seen with sunglasses, but was never seen with a simple frame.


1990s: chic supermodel

When we talk about the 1990s, we also talk about supermodels. Internationally famous models like Kate Moss or Claudia Schiffer. In the 90's some of these supermodels chose to use thin frames and dark tones. Small, stylish glasses dominated the fashion industry and grunge chic style was the trend that ran counter to the colourful and energetic fashion that characterized the decade. In the late 1990s, many films showed popular sunglasses. The most recognized example to this day is the Matrix trilogy, with Keanu Reeves.



New millennium: The Heroes

In the early 2000s Marvel turned the X-Men comic strip into a series of films. James Marsden, who played the role of Cyclops, wore red sunglasses because the character needed them to keep his power under control. The glasses had a very small, curved frame compared to the models that are in fashion today.

Another big trend of the 2000's were the sunglasses without a frame, like the ones Paris Hilton wore. The most commonly used colours in this decade include blue, red and shades of pink. The lenses were often eccentrically shaped or decorated with adornments unlikely to be seen on sunglasses.


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