The Popularity of Horn-Rimmed Glasses

12 ianuarie 2011

Articol publicat in: Sanatate

Many classic eyeglasses have been available since the emergence of first pair of eyeglasses. Of them, horn rimmed glasses are a typical one. Horn-rimmed glasses are featuring rims made of horn or tortoise shell, which the name horn-rimmed glass came from. Now, the modern horn-rimmed glasses have partly changed compared with the ones many years ago.

It is known that horn-rimmed glasses originated in Europe in the 1800s, the frames were actually made from tortoise shell and were expensive. And in 1910s, horn rimmed glasses became popular in the United States. Harold Lloyd, who was a famous American silent comedian, brought horn-rimmed glasses to the mainstream. He might be the first one who popularized black horn-rimmed glass. What is more, the frames of horn-rimmed glass in United States were made from plastic which was less expensive than tortoise shell. Harold Lloyd always wore a horn rimmed glasses in films, which influenced young Americans to purchase horn rimmed glasses. And horn-rimmed glass continued to be popular in following decades.

And, in the 1950s, horn-rimmed glass had a bounce back because of the musician Buddy Holly, who always wore a series of large, bulky square pairs of horn rimmed glasses on his album covers and on tour. This kind of horn rimmed glasses remained popular from the late 1950s until 1970s, then replaced by large, steel aviator frames. In the 1980s, round horn-rimmed glass came back to fashion, and was favored by new wave musicians and fans, then fell out of fashion in the mid 1990s.

Until now, horn-rimmed glasses are still popular. It can be said that modern horn rimmed glasses are thinner than the ones before. Many Hollywood characters also made horn rimmed glasses work for them. Anyway, horn rimmed glasses will be popular for a long time. With the application of advanced technology, a variety of stylish horn-rimmed eyeglass frame will meet with different peoples demands.


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