Posts Tagged ‘1960s glasses’
This month marks the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream speech’ which was influential in the fight for civil rights for African Americans. Here is an iconic photo of the speech and we notice a figure standing just behind Martin Luther King wearing glasses in the popular style of the 1960s.
For this 60s style try the Black Eyewear ‘Erroll‘.
Malcolm X, another civil rights leader, also wore glasses that have become iconic and associated with the style of the 1960s. Our 1960s metal combination frames are named MX in his honour.
Today is International Women’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with a film all about equal rights for women with, of course, a few vintage glasses as well!
Made in Dagenham a dramatization of the 1968 strike which took place at the Ford plant in Dagenham. Female sewing machinist workers walked out due to pay inequality. Successful, the strike directly resulted in the 1970 Equal Pay Act.
Starring Sally Hawkins, Rosamund Pike, Jaime Winstone, Andrea Riseborough and Miranda Richardson, it is Bob Hoskins as union rep Albert Passingham whose glasses really stand out as spot on 1950s/60s in the film.
Made in Dagenham will be shown on BBC 2 Saturday at 9pm.
Johnny Depp stars in yet another adaptation of a Hunter S Thompson book The Rum Diary. This film from 2011 is about an American journalist in Puerto Rico during the 1960s who meets the usual cast of misfits and outlaws and of course the beautiful love interest (played by Amber Heard in this case). Fantastic retro sunglasses and glasses feature throughout and we’ve got styles similar to these 60s classics.
Set to release in the UK on the 26th October, The Help is a film based on Kathryn Stockett’s book of the same name. Set in 1960’s Mississippi, Skeeter Phelan an aspiring journalist decides to interview the town’s African American maids and write a book detailing the day to day hardships they face taking care of prominent southern families. While the film has divided the opinion of American audiences the feel of the 1960’s is undeniable and includes some fantastic cat eye sunglasses and upswept glasses.
Jessica Chastain as Celia Foote can be seen in frames similar to our AA Miami.
Tonight is the start of the much anticipated BBC2 Drama The Hour. The series follows two reporters Bel Rowley (Romola Garai) and Freddie Lyon (Ben Wishaw) as they join a start up current affairs program. Set in 1956, fantastic vintage specs are worn by a variety of characters in this show which has been compared to Mad Men for the quality of sets and costumes. If the brief clips we’ve seen are anything to go by this is a must see for vintage lovers!
As Wimbledon comes to a close we look at two tennis legends, Arthur Ashe and Billie Jean King, who wore fantastic glasses.
Billie Jean, who has worn glasses throughout her adult life, is perhaps best known for winning the ‘The Battle of the Sexes’ match against Bobby Riggs in 1973. She has been an amazing advocate of women in tennis. Here she best remembered wearing fantastic upswept frames such as these.
Arthur Ashe is the only black man to have ever won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, which he won defeating Jimmy Connors in 1975. He is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, winner of a Grand Slam Singles title. After suffering from heart disease and undergoing two surgeries Ashe contracting HIV from a blood transfusion. Later in his life he did much to bring AIDS sufferers to the attention of the world. This great 1960s style frame is similar to those he wore on court.
It’s totally typical that a cool classic film like the 1969 original Italian Job would feature some fantastic frames. Check these out for a blast from the past. Roope Vintage has frames to match the look.
And Benny Hill as Professor Peach in round metal frames similar to the NHS Oval Curl.