Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Vintage fantasy cat eye frames at butterflyeyeglasses.com







In the 1970's and early 1980's I put together a collection of unusual 1950's cat eye frames which can now all can be seen at butterflyeyeglasses.com. These were not the typical cat eye frames more commonly seen, instead these are elaborate "display" frames made in the shapes of pistols, moons, eagles, palm trees, etc. The collection was the only one of its kind in the world and received a lot of press at the time. It even graced the cover of FMR magazine (they also did a color layout of many of the glasses inside the magazine). Also, some of the frames were shown at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York and the Folk and at Craft Museum in Los Angeles. The collection in its entirety was eventually sold to LA Eyeworks in the 1980's and I went on to collect Post Surreal artists from California. (And, yes, that is me ready to go to the disco in the 70's with some spikey vintage frames...)