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Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

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Spectacles - The Oliver Goldsmith Collection

Released: Wednesday 15th January 2014 at 09:13

18 January – 5 May 2014

What have Lady Gaga, Colin Firth and the Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy got in common? They’ve all worn Oliver Goldsmith spectacles.

Press Preview - Friday 17 January / Noon – 15.00

An exhibition of iconic spectacles, designed by Oliver Goldsmith Ltd  and photographic works of the famous faces that 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 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, from Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly Princess of Monaco to Michael Caine and Peter Sellers, they all wore Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear. 

Featuring spectacle designs which enthralled a generation, this exhibition charts the progression of the company over three generations of ‘Oliver’s’, who steered the company into becoming one of the most successful British spectacle designers of the mid-twentieth century.

Awareness of the potential of spectacle frames as a fashion accessory, as opposed to a potentially embarrassing medical necessity, grew rapidly from the early twentieth 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. By the latter half of the 20th century the name Oliver Goldsmith became synonymous with style and celebrity. 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.


National Glass Centre is encouraging members of the public to get involved with this spectacular exhibition by uploading their own ‘Iconic’ spectacles images using the Twitter and Facebook hashtag ‘bespectacular’  these photos will be displayed alongside the exhibition on a digital Twitter wall.

Press Preview - Friday 17 January

Noon – 15.00 - There will be an opportunity to view this exhibition in advance of the opening and interview Andrew Oliver Goldsmith.  Filming and recording opportunities will also be available.

15.00 – 16.30 - There will be a curatorial tour with the artist and Head of Arts Julia Stephenson.

16.30 – 18.00 – Refreshments and informal meet the artist event



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