Masks, Goggles and Shields have been around for many years. Much of the look started with Driving Glasses back in the 1920’s. As eyewear became increasingly popular, companies such as American Optical started promoting the Shield as Sport Glass. From Sports to Safety, came the fashion aspect which started to evolve in the 1940’s leading to the Designer Eyewear Trend from the 1950’s.
The look is a heavy, chunky straight top bar offset by large rimless screens or shields. The look is still available today
Circa 1946, the his and hers AO Polaroid Sportglas.
Course Eyewear took it up a notch and started promoting the Designer Look, circa 1960.
Audrey Hepburn is seen here wearing Pierre Cardin Futuristic fashion (Shield) in 1967.
The look never goes away as seen in 1970.
Silhouette’s interpretation of the Shield in the 1980’s.
Alain Mikli 2009
Then the look changed to separate lenses.
Back again to single shield