Show off your spectacular selfies at the National Glass Centre's Goldsmiths Spectacles exhibition

By Sarah Jackson | 10 December 2013

The National Glass Centre gives all glasses wearers the chance to showcase their style next to screen icons such as Michael Caine and Audrey Hepburn

Michael Caine wearing black thick-rimmed spectacles.
Michael Caine wearing Consul by Oliver Goldsmith Ltd in The Ipcress File (1965)© 2005 Topfoto
Since the early 20th century, spectacles have gone from a slightly embarrassing medical necessity to a must-have fashion accessory. Even those blessed with 20:20 vision can now buy spectacles with clear lenses so that they may take part in the fashion trend.

Now a new exhibition at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland will give members of the public the opportunity to showcase their own spectacular selfies next to some of the most iconic spectacles and their wearers in the world.

Oliver Goldsmith Ltd Spectacles and Sunglasses have been creating innovative and high quality designs since the early 20th century. However, it was in the latter half of the century that they became trendsetters.

Fashion houses such as Dior and Givenchy began clamouring for frames, and Goldsmith’s designs soon graced the faces of the most influential celebrities of the day, from Audrey Hepburn to Peter Sellers.

Members of the public can take part in the exhibition by uploading their own photos of themselves wearing glasses using the Twitter and Facebook hashtag #bespectacular.

These selfies will be displayed on a digital Twitter wall alongside iconic designs and photographs of the famous faces that wore them, including Michael Caine and Princess Grace of Monaco.

  • Spectacles, The Oliver Goldsmith Collection opens January 18 2014. Open 10am-5pm. Follow the centre on Twitter @NGC_GlassCentre.

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Audrey Hepburn wearing a pair of white rimmed sunglasses.
Audrey Hepburn wearing Bude by Oliver Goldsmith Ltd in How to Steal a Million (1965)© Keystone Archives / HIP /Topfoto
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