Glasses: from need to aid those with eye problems, to fashion statement:
the need grew with rise to literacy. Therefore, the need was present for monks and scholars. and with the printing press, there became the rising demand of solutions to eye problems as a consequence of taring at paper inches away from your eyes. This is how the symbol for the learned became glasses. So it was not that glasses were a status symbol, but that they were the consequence of having knowledge. This is why you don’t see so many women in early history with glasses because men were encouraged to read more.
Where did glasses first become an obvious fashion status symbol?
The monocle is an icon of the stereotypical tycoon, The old banker. Part of the reason why we associate the monocle, which by the way is making a return through steem ponk and the argon oiled lumberjack beards of today’s digital workforce, with wealth is for its sheer impracticality. In order for the monocle to fit into your eye socket, because that’s how it says on your face, you would have to squeeze your face and shove it into your eye socket. So based on the billions of facial varieties on this planet, I’d say going custom was the only wy to explain a monocle you could wear the way people like jobs and gandhi jave branded themselves. going custom means go expensive. consider it extension of your custom always expensive italian custom tailored suite.
Analysing fashion accessories that began as solution to physical handicaps, and how an aesthetic design perspective on accessories that make people with handicaps have a more functional life can be made more accessible and encourage more use just by being not only a less humiliating experience, but a fashion foward experience
Spectacles ties to literacy? interesting…Monks and Scholars – a signal of being an well read intellect.
The spectacle is believed to be between 1268 and 1289 in Italy. The inventor is unknown. The earliest eyeglasses were worn by monks and scholars. They were held in front of the eyes or balanced on the nose. The invention of the printing press in 1452, the growing rate of literacy and the availability of books, encouraged new designs and the eventual mass production of inexpensive eyeglasses.
Find details about eyeglasses in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries:
Ben Franklin – the bifocal
Why did people wear monocles?
magine a super rich person. Someone like Sheldon Adelson or Warren Buffet or Mr. Monopoly. Is he wearing a monocle? It’s possible: monocles have been the chosen eyewear of our cartoon rich people for a long time now. But how did the monocle become synonymous with rich?
“Though the exact origins of the monocle are unclear, fashion historian Richard Corson sets their general appearance around the turn of the 19th century in Great Britain, with quick adoption and further development in Germany. According to a 1950 article from Optical Journal, from the beginning the single lens carried with it “an air of conscious elegance,” making it ripe for ridicule: “ne had the feeling the wearer was being a trifle foolish, an attitude which resulted to some extent from the fact that monocles frequently did not fit and kept dropping out of place.”
And it’s precisely that impracticality, Slate says, that made the monocle a status symbol. The only kind of monocle that didn’t require serious eye strain, was one custom fitted to the person’s face—a process that was quite costly. And, as with many things associated with the super rich, the monocle soon became a symbol of oppression and insane wealth. Here’s Slate again:”
From spectacles to prescription Glasses, to sunglasses, and eventually full circle back to Spectacles by snap. There’s a reason why contact lenses and laser eye surgery are not the prefered solution for users.
I’m just going to read you a few common complaints from the optometry experts I googled for you so you don’t have too 😉
Also super interesting read of people answering on a quora thread, here’s what I thought were the best answers
Some have decided to wear glasses in the area, as an inspiration for human potential, ex:
“Michael Jordan (#6 BEIR) is as familiar a face as almost anyone on the planet. Still, there was another Chicago Bulls player whose face most of us probably remember as equally well. It was frequently covered in goggles, in fact, and that should quickly bring one name to your mind … Horace Grant
I am also writing about grant because, I alwas liked him and felt bad for him. I always rooted for him even though I never had glasses. I felt that in a way i was watching these athletic jocks messing with a nerd as a kid. And theres nothing as cool as a story where the underdog overcomes adversity, especially when they are underestimated superficially. I think part of the reaosn Grant also kept them was for that emotional branding,and it payed off, big time. technically he didn’t even need them after a certain point, it was more of a statement. I find that people watching MJ’s chicago bulls could not help bu notice the only player on on the court with goggles. So in this sense, fashion serves a vehicle for enables the visually impaired to participate in activities outside of their books. Fixing eyesight can lead to neglecting our bodies.
“They were big. They were ugly. But for Horace, his goggles were worn for a purpose. No, it wasn’t just to see more clearly. In fact, after laser surgery, the once legally blind Grant says he didn’t need them at all. So why did he wear them? “I had grandparents and parents come up to me and thank me for wearing them,” he says. “Their kids and grandkids would get made fun of by wearing protective eyewear playing sports, so I kept wearing them to help make it cool to wear goggles for the kids.”
Grant played 17 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2004, winning four titles — three with the Bulls and one with the Lakers. He was the quintessential #2 BEAR power forward who possessed a quality jump shot and played the game with gross-motor finesse. Remember, #2s typically love children, so it’s no surprise to learn that Mr. Grant would go to such lengths to encourage them!””
on quora, interesting opinions on the battle for our eyeballs
Now here’s spectatuclar slideshow of nfluencial spectacle superhero and their iconic eye accessories
Sir Elton Jon
The new kids on the block:
“And A Frame Fanatic”
“10 of 35
Though Rashida Jones often steps out in her prescription specs, she has admitted in interviews that she finds it lame when people wear fake frames. She explained, “I’m not down with fashion glasses. It’s like wearing fashion crutches.””
Golden fillings to a fringe movement to grillz
The cane, from tool that is an accessory for walking issues to a fashion accessory
Sun screen bottle design – from medical “sun block” to “anti aging cream” with beauty being the focus
From heals and flats to -Running shoes – a fashion statement that celebrates performance and arch support and foot health