The Shaded Spectacle

The imaginary evolution of the spectacle, from beaded head-dresses, finely woven metal fringed visors to venetian blind and shutter shade sunglasses.

Image | Casimir Zagourski

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Credits

1. Queen Mother of Rwanda, Mother of King Rudahigwa,  1924 – 1941. Photo by Casimir Zagourski.

2. Unknown girl, Chad, 1949. Photo by Hector Acebes.

3. BLESS N°36 Nothingneat | Metal Fringe | S|S 2009.

4. Beyonce | DIVA Music Video| October 2008.

5. BLESS N°36 Nothingneat | Duo Fringe Glasses | S|S 2009

6. Cast gold glasses by a 20th-century Ghanaian artist. “An essential component of a chief’s regalia having no optical function but symbolic of political acuity and cosmopolitan taste, their magnification value was great” (NYT, Holland Cotter). Shown at Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition, ‘Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to Present,’ 2010.

7. Venetian Blind Sunglasses, 1950’s. TIME Magazine.

8. Simple Minds | Glittering Prize Music Video | 1982.

9. Animotion | Obsession Music Video| 1984.

10. Teen Wolf | ‘Stiles’ played by Jerry Levine | 1985.

11. The Last Dragon | Sho’nuff’ played by Julius Carry | 1985.

12. 1980’s Advertisement.

13. Kanye West | Alain Mikli designed sunglasses | Stronger Music Video Release Era, 2007.

14. KSUBI | Wright Sunglasses, 2007.

15. Kenyan Artist | Cyrus Kabiru| C-Stunners, 2010.

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