History Of Butterfly Eyewear

National Butterfly day is March 14 and we thought would celebrate Butterfly Eyewear today. Looking back, the first reference to to butterflies that we found was on a Harpers Bazaar issue in the 1940’s. Featuring a Butterfly with eyes superimposed on a woman’s face.

1940: Herbert Matter Harpers Bazaar

1940: Herbert Matter Harpers Bazaar

Maybe that inspired the 1950’s cat eye fashion with jeweled butterfly detailing. This 1950’s style is a crystal butterfly with wings closed.

Circa 1950

Circa 1950

In another vintage look, circa 1905 is the open butterfly look. Note the antenna’s and the colorful jeweled detailing.

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Once again you can see antenna outlined with stones, monarch butterfly colorations with shimmery Sparkles.

Image Credit:ebay

Image Credit:ebay

One of the first to create a butterfly look, with meticulous detailing was Oliver Goldsmith. Only three of this particular model were made in 1962.

Oliver Goldsmith

 

1964 brought together a new look with a bigger production by Oliver Goldsmith. These butterfly sunglasses were also available in Black.

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Marian Slater is known for her exotic Eyewear Collection, many of which were butterfly shapes. This huge black with crystals butterfly takes on the shape of a mask.

Miriam Slater Eyewear Collection

Miriam Slater Eyewear Collection Circa 1960-1970

Bring the drama of butterflies to the bridge and the temples.

Found on butterflyeyeglasses.com

Found on butterflyeyeglasses.com

Anglo American Eyewear is known for their quirky eyewear came out with their version of the Butterfly Look in 1980.

1980 Anglo American. Image Credit http://lunetteslondon.com

1980 Anglo American. Image Credit http://lunetteslondon.com

Many people call this a butterfly shape. In fact many and shape that is triangular and flowers out is many times called a butterfly shape.

Sonia Rykiel 2008. Image Style Bistro

Sonia Rykiel 2008. Image Style Bistro

Stella McCartney introduced Butterfly Charms in her eyewear in 2009.

Stella McCartney butterfly -2008

Butterflies have been used in Fashion for hundreds of years. Aguri Sagimori in 2010 used a butterfly mask on the catwalk in Japan.

AGuri Sagimori in 2010

Aguri Sagimori in 2010

OVVO interpretation of a butterflies are on the temple.

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OVVO 2011

Polish designer Slav Nowosad rainbow inspired butterfly.

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Francis Klein, took the uplift sand added in butterfly charms.

Francis Klein Butterflies Circa 2011

Francis Klein Butterflies Circa 2011

Vintage Gucci Flora Garden Sunglasses

2012 Vintage Gucci Flora Garden Sunglasses

Back on the runaways, this butterfly mask was used in the Lie-Sang-Bong Runway in 2013.

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In fact 2013 there was a resurgence of Butterfly Charms.

Judith Leiber JL 16541 2013

Judith Leiber JL 16541 2013

Vintage Valentino Sunglasses on ebay

Vintage Valentino Sunglasses on ebay

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This Butterfly sunglass was remade by Safilo to help celebrate their 80 years.  In collaboration with Peggy Guggenheim Museum, who actually had Bat Sunglasses

Peggy Guggenheim Sunwear

Peggy Guggenheim Sunwear by Safilo 2014

For those who love butterflies and are looking for a more subtle look, you can always purchase Butterfly Charms for your eyewear that slides right on the temple. Available on Rons Optical.

Ficklets Eyeglass Charms Via Rons Optical

Ficklets Eyeglass Charms Via Rons Optical

 

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