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Infographic: Famous Frames in Film

Ready for Their Close-Up: Famous Frames in Film

Glasses can be the most distinguishing fashion statement we make, and in film, the right set of spectacles can help solidify an iconic character

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

  • Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly
  • The pair to purchase
    • Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan (1960)
  • This iconic film, centered around New York City socialites, was a major trendsetter both on screen and in real life. The famous Oliver Goldsmith frames worn by Audrey Hepburn emphasized elegance and glamour

Dirty Harry (1971)

  • Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan
  • The pair to purchase
  • These shades worn by the off-the-book street detective, Harry, cast a stone cold gaze on the face of crime and makes you beg the question―Do I feel lucky?

Risky Business (1983)

  • Tom Cruise as Joel Goodson
  • The pair to purchase
  • Featured as part of a product placement campaign by Ray-Ban, these Wayfarers donned by Tom Cruise became the envy and necessity of eyewear style in the 80s and beyond

Oftentimes the eyewear adorning stars of the silver screen simply reflect the styles of time — although occasionally, it is the film that sets the style

The Market Power of Product Placement in Entertainment

  • In 1982, Bausch & Lomb signed a $50,000/year agreement with Unique Product Placement of Burbank, California to feature Ray-Ban glasses in film and TV
    • U.S. annual sales of Ray-Ban Wayfarer glasses (in number of pairs sold)
      • Pre-product placement deal: 18,000
      • 1983, Tom Cruise in Risky Business: 360,000
      • 1984, Don Johnson in Miami Vice: 720,000
      • 1985, Bruce Willis in Moonlighting: 826,000
      • 1986, Tom Cruise in Top Gun: 1.5 million

Terminator (1984)

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator
  • The pair to purchase
  • Nothing seemed as ruthless and unstoppable as the original Terminator, and the dark reflective shield frame sunglasses felt right at home resting over his menacing and robotic red gaze

Top Gun (1986)

  • Tom Cruise as Maverick
  • The pair to purchase
  • Another Tom Cruise classic shade statement, the aviators in Top Gun remind the public of the style that never went away and would be there to take you into the danger zone

Designed at Bausch & Lomb in 1936, Aviators were patented as “Anti-Glare glasses” for Air Corp pilots and spread in popularity across the military — even being sported by General Douglas MacArthur in World War 2

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

  • Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller
  • The pair to purchase
  • The Clubmaster sunglasses worn by Bueller in this classic flick prove fresh shades can work wonders in amplifying a cool and sleek slacker mentality

The Clubmaster is a Ray-Ban style of browline glasses, originally designed at Shuron Ltd. in 1947 as the Ronsir frame — the browline style was so popular in the 1950s and early 1960s that it made up roughly half of all eyeglass frame sales in America

Malcolm X (1992)

  • Denzel Washington as Malcolm X
  • The pair to purchase
  • The eyeglasses worn in the bioflick about activist Malcolm X exude the likeness and reflective style of the real-life revolutionary

Men in Black (1997)

  • Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as Agent J and Agent K
  • The pair to purchase
  • Whether protecting against alien slime, memory zapping flashes, or sunlight, these sunglasses served Agents J and K of the Men in Black in all endeavors

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

  • Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke
  • The pair to purchase
  • This set of Shooters, worn by Johnny Depp and inspired by famed gonzo author Hunter S. Thompson, have a distinctive frame perfect for a haphazard trip from Vegas to bat country

The Big Lebowski (1998)

  • John Goodman as Walter Sobchak
  • The pair to purchase
    • Vintage B&L Ray-Ban 12k GF Kalichrome Shooter Sunglasses
  • The Big Lebowski is a film of many personalities, and the Vintage Shooters are in the element of Walter’s ready for war on the streets or bowling alley persona

Fight Club (1999)

  • Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden
  • The pair to purchase
    • Oliver Peoples OP-523
  • The unique Oliver Peoples red tinted glasses worn in Fight Club match the do or die attitude exuded by Tyler Durden by straying away from standard styles and into the exotic

The Matrix (1999-2003)

  • Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus
  • The pair to purchase
    • Matrix Eyewear Morpheus sunglasses
  • The Matrix has an unwritten rule of fashion demanding sleek shades in the virtual world, and the pair without earpieces donned by Morpheus are undeniably iconic

Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)

  • Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
  • The pair to purchase
  • Next to the distinct lightning bolt scar, the round and thin frame eyeglasses are the iconic identifier of everyone’s favorite English wizard, Harry Potter

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

  • Meryl Streep
  • The pair to purchase
    • Dakota 8094
  • Meryl Streep leads the film as the ferocious fashionista Miranda Priestly, striking fear into the hearts of her contemporaries through the lenses of stylish and soul reflective sunglasses

Django Unchained (2012)

  • Jamie Foxx as Django
  • The pair to purchase
    • V135-vp Style Vault Round Flip up
  • The reflective round specs in the film hide the vengeful eyes of Django on his mission to rescue his wife while wearing shades of a future fashion in true Tarantino anachronistic style

No matter the occasion or the style, iconic eyewear is often synonymous with the silver screen―take some inspiration from these famous roles in choosing your next set of specs

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Sources:

http://archive.fortune.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1987/09/28/69577/index.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/magazine/who-made-those-aviator-sunglasses.html

https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/the-clubmaster-sunglasses-primer/

https://aklasu.co/blogs/journal/125239043-browline-glasses-an-icon-of-male-fashion

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