Designer to both royalty and the stars, Oliver Goldsmiths creativity established the idea of eyewear as a fun fashion accessory, rather than simply a functional necessity.
These 10 fascinating facts about Oliver Goldsmith give an indication of how Oliver has truly earned the right to be considered one of the most influential and exciting eyewear designers of our time.
1. He was a failed trainee Architect. His buildings would not stand up and he was advised to consider designing smaller items!
2. Aged 18 when his Father employed him, in order to gain the respect and confidence from his staff his apprenticeship included cleaning the toilets, sweeping the floors, dusting and packing frames for delivery.
3. He was requested to create a frame for Michael Caine to wear in The Ipcress File and did another design for the film ‘Funeral in Berlin’
4. He created sunglasses for Audrey Hepburn in the films ‘Two for the road’ and ‘Charade’.
5. He created special toning colours for Princess Diana’s sunglasses and the Palace would tell him in advance the colours she would be wearing on her outfits.
6. His eldest son Nicholas Oliver Goldsmith is a film producer having made two films; The ‘Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy’ and ‘Son of Rambow’.
7. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London holds an important collection of his, representing over 70 frames and 60 years of eyewear design from the 1930s through the 1980s. It illustrates the evolution of eyewear from a medical necessity to an item of fashion.
8. His father Made around 45 pairs of glasses for Princess Grace Of Monaco
9. His very first design was called RIP and was worn by Lord Snowdon, the husband of Princess Margaret.
10. After 50+ years in the business he is beginning an exciting new phase with more details to be announced by 100% Optical very soon. Watch this very exciting space!
Learn more about Oliver Goldsmith at www.olivergoldsmith.co.uk
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