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UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND -Spec-tacular talk in Sunderland to discuss the stars in the frame

April 25, 2014

ENP Newswire - 25 April 2014

Release date- 24042014 - One of the world's most iconic spectacle designers is set to give an eye-opening talk about the famous glasses and the famous faces who them at National Glass Centre.

Oliver Goldsmith is giving a free talk 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 Princess of Monaco to Michael Caine and Peter Sellers.

Since January the iconic spectacle designers have had a major exhibition at National Glass Centre featuring eyewear created by three generations of the family and photographic works of the famous faces who wore them.

Oliver Goldsmith Ltd Spectacles and Sunglasses are synonymous with style and celebrity. Thanks to their innovative designs and dedication to quality, their frames became trend setters in the latter half of the 20th Century. Working with fashion houses like Dior and Givenchy, Oliver Goldsmith spectacles and sunglasses graced the faces of some of the most influential personalities to impact fashion trends of the day.

Neil Handley, Curator of the British Optical Association Museum at The College of Optometrists will also be talking about the mechanics of optometry. Both talks are free of charge and will take place in the Riverside Room B at National Glass Centre on Friday, April 25 at 3pm and will last until 5pm.

Oliver Goldsmith will discuss 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. Buoyed by innovative new technology, improving manufacturing techniques, the introduction of the National Health Service here in Britain, and the craze of 'the celebrity', spectacles came to be considered as an increasingly accessible fashion must have.

As the popularity of spectacles grew the company Oliver Goldsmith Ltd. was established as a family run business designing and manufacturing spectacle frames. With innovative design and integrated high quality Oliver Goldsmith became a fashion leader working with Dior, Givenchy and British designer Teddy Tingling from the 1950s.

Oliver said: 'When I received the call to say National Glass Centre was interested in an exhibition of my glasses, I was more than happy to collaborate. I have an archive of over 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,' said Oliver. 'I never thought anyone would do such a wonderful exhibition for me, and 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 Spectacles - The Oliver Goldsmith Collection has been on show since 18 January and the exhibition runs until to Sunday, May 4, at National Glass Centre.

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Source: ENP Newswire