Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion

Have you every really thought much about glasses? Many people wear them, and many more wear sunglasses, but this is an area of fashion which is often ignored at any level other than consumption. You rarely see fashion spreads on glasses, gallery exhibitions, or young people desperate to design eyewear. All that may be about to change though. From 12th September, the Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion will host a fascinating sounding exhibition called Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion.

Framed! explores the cultural significance of contemporary eyewear and celebrates the rise and rise of fashion’s ultimate luxury accessory. Charting eyewear’s historical development from the mid-twentieth century until the present day, its role in fashion and popular culture is explored via the use of iconic archival objects and imagery.”

I have always loved the look of glasses and have frequently considered their potential as a style statement, even though I’ve never really viewed them as a luxury fashion item. Silly really. If you wear them all the time, then why not select a frame shape which suits and a brand which says something about you? Eyewear is as important to the luxury market as watches and it’s (usually) more affordable too.

In related news, I have heard on the grapevine that fashion accessories design graduates are in high demand, and there are a lot of big brands out there with jobs they can’t fill. So, if you’re looking to get into fashion design and have a flair for the more sculptural aspect, why not consider a course that will teach you to design any sort of body accessory from bags to eyewear? After studying BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Accessories, you could have a job waiting for you at the end. How many fashion students can say that?

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