ONE of the world’s most iconic spectacle designers gave an eye-opening talk about his famous glasses and frames.
Oliver Goldsmith was in Sunderland discussing the eyewear created by three generations of his family and the influential personalities who wore them, from Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, to Michael Caine and Peter Sellers.
Since January, the iconic spectacle company has had a major exhibition at National Glass Centre.
Oliver said: “I have an archive of more than 600 designs, so I was over the moon to have them on display.
“When I arrived at National Glass Centre and saw this exhibition for the first time I was blown away.
“I never thought anyone would do such a wonderful exhibition for me. I have been boasting about it on social media ever since.
“My favourite designs were on Michael Caine, the Consul, which he wore for film The Ipcress File, and the Vice Consul, which Peter Sellers wore outside of his film work.”
The talk was held at the National Glass Centre and Oliver discussed how the glasses became so popular, the famous faces who wore them and the reasons behind the designs.
Awareness of the potential of spectacle frames as a fashion accessory, as opposed to a potentially embarrassing medical necessity, grew rapidly from the early 20th century.
The Spectacles – The Oliver Goldsmith Collection exhibition, which opened on January 18, will run until Sunday, May 4.