Once the bane of any lens-wearer's life, eyewear has now become the hottest luxury accessory with geek chic specs ruling the runway and the streets. As the catwalk takes centre stage again in September, a new exhibition at the London College of Fashion opens, charting the rise and rise of contemporary eyewear.
Called 'Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion', expect over 200 iconic frames - some never seen before - plus a fascinating fashion history, from the first statement spectacles of the 1600s to designer eyewear on the cover of Vogue in the 1940s. Don't miss the one-off pieces from C.W. Dixey & Son, who provided diamond and platinum glasses for the most elite eyewear fans including Sir Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte plus seven kings and queens of England. The award for most pin-worthy pair have to go to Tatty Devine's Eyelashes Frames (pictured). Eye-opening.
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Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion, free from 12 September - 3 November 2012 at the London College of Fashion