Specs show stars Michael Caine and Audrey Hepburn at the National Glass Centre

By Culture24 Reporter | 16 January 2014

Iconic spectacles favoured by film stars and the famous are about to go on show in Sunderland

A black and white photo of an actress sitting in a car wearing a white hat and sunglasses
Audrey Hepburn wearing Bude by Oliver Goldsmith Ltd in How to Steal a Million (1965)© Keystone Archives / HIP / Topfoto
A digital “Twitter wall” will allow the public to join the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Michael Caine – both wearers of Oliver Goldsmith glasses – in a show of spectacles opening at Sunderland’s National Glass Centre.

A black and white photo of a male actor wearing a suit, tie and black spectacles
Michael Caine wearing Consul by Oliver Goldsmith Ltd in The Ipcress File (1965)© Topfoto
Charting the three-generation rise of a company which has sold eyewear to Lady Gaga, Colin Firth and the set for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Gallery, the display is partly a tale of style: Dior and Givenchy became two of the fashion houses to work with the Goldsmiths, while Grace Kelly and the Princess of Monaco were among its diverse fans.

Frames will be presented as a growing fashion accessory during the 20th century, aided by new technology, innovative manufacturing and the introduction of the National Health Service.

  • Opens January 18 2014. Use the hashtag #bespectacular on Twitter and Facebook to add your own spectacle images to the exhibition.

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