A SPECTACULAR exhibition at the National Glass Centre has been unveiled by one of the most iconic eyewear designers.
Oliver Goldsmith travelled to Wearside to reveal the spectacles and sunglasses created by three generations of his family, and the photographic works of the famous faces who wore them.
“When I received the call to say the National Glass Centre was interested in an exhibition of my glasses, I was more than happy to collaborate,” he said.
“I have an archive of over 600 designs, so I was over the moon to have them on display.
“We’ve worked towards this for almost two years and selected some of the most iconic designs for the exhibition, especially the ones I have created for famous people, and this is what, of course, will attract attention for visitors.
“But, for me personally, I am most pleased that this exhibition shows the history of our company from 1926 through to the present.”
Oliver Goldsmith Ltd Spectacles and Sunglasses are famed for style and the celebrities who wore them. Working with fashion houses like Dior and Givenchy, they graced the faces of some of the most influential personalities to impact fashion trends of the late 20th century, from Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly Princess of Monaco to Michael Caine.
“When I arrived and saw this exhibition for the first time I was blown away”, said Oliver. “I never thought anyone would do such a wonderful exhibition for me.
“My father was the instigator of fashion eyewear after the Second World War. He created way-out designs and took them to Vogue who couldn’t wait to publish them.”
The exhibition runs until May 6.