Fashion Spectacles

Fashion Spectacles, Spectacular Fashion

Eyewear Styles and Shapes from Vintage to 2020

  1. Simon Murray
  2. Nicky Albrechtsen
  • ISBN 9780500516355
  • 24.00 x 27.00 cm
  • PLC (with jacket)
  • 240pp
  • 274 Illustrations, 261 in colour
  • First published 2012
‘Eyewear and fashion fans will truly appreciate this beautiful book … this stunning book is sure to be a collector’s item’ – Eyestylist

Vintage glasses of all shapes, styles and sizes – the very best of 20th- and 21st-century spectacle design for fashion designers, stylists, lovers of vintage, and anyone seeking spectacle inspiration.

Beautifully illustrated with specially commissioned photographs by Drew Gardner, it is based on Simon Murray’s amazing collection, built up over decades of avid collecting from optometrists, markets and antique shops across the globe.


Examples of pre-20th-century glasses and contextual shots of film and style icons sporting spectacles illustrate not only the finest innovations of the past, but also their evolution into the eclectic range of styles available now.

The book comes complete with information on where to find and collect vintage spectacles, advice on conservation, and a visual timeline of key shapes of the modern period.

Simon Murray’s spectacle collection is one of the largest private collections in the world. He has provided glasses for movies from Batman to Indiana Jones and for movie stars from Sean Connery to Tom Cruise. Nicky Albrechtsen is the proprietor of the Vintage Resource Studio in Brick Lane, London. She is the author of The Printed Square and (with Fola Solanke) Scarves.