Are Sunglasses iconic in Hollywood movies?

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What are the sunglasses and eyeglasses that we have all seen in the cinema?

Actors loves to use sunglasses or eyeglasses as a mere ornamental object.

They have always been a very useful and practical expedient to add a certain note of color to the interpretation, in some cases, they turn out to be such apt supplements to become part of the iconography of the character itself.

Every era has left us something of itself to remember, including eyeglass frames that have changed shape, color and size over the decades.

The oversize glasses with round lenses, surrounded by a thick frame, are the quintessential Seventies model.

What made some sunglasses memorable were the Hollywood divas and stars, who wore them, turning those frames into a cult accessory.

Sunglasses Sixties – Seventies

A timeless classic is undoubtedly the elegant Audrey Kathleen Ruston (Called in Hollywood Audrey Hepburn) wearing her sunglasses designed by designer Oliver Goldsmith, Manhattan model.

With this film began the use of dark lenses on Hollywood divas, who until then were not used to wear them.

And it is thanks to that pair of sunglasses that Audrey Hepburn became the ubiquitous style icon diva.

In the second decade, frames instead became more tapered and thinner.

Eighties and nineties frames

The unmistakable Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, in the movie The Blues Brothers, wore the most famous sunglasses in cinema.

These are the Wayfarer sunglasses, first produced by Ray-Ban in 1956.

This model is still an unmistakable style element that has never lost its appeal. Many other stars have worn these glasses, such as Emma Watson and Jack Nicholson.

In the Nineties, fashion changed again and it was the turn of sunglasses with slimmer and squarer frames.

Nineties glasses are small and light like those worn by Keanu Reeves in The Matrix, with dark lenses. The female model of this kind of glasses is also slim cat eye.

This kind of sunglasses are still worn by celebrities from halfway around the world like Rihanna and Beyoncè.

Two thousand, sunglasses of our new millennium

In the 2000s, glasses became with colored lenses, like those worn by singer Anastacia.

Glasses with thin frames and rainbow lenses were a distinctive sign, an accessory chosen as the favorite sunglasses for winter and summer.

Even the goggles were the most popular model in the 2000s, do you remember them?

With colored or smoked lenses, they have wrapped the faces of many boys and girls not only in the mountains, but also in the city.

The 10 frames that have made cinema history

From Lolita’s heart-shaped frames to X-men’s lenses, the 10 frames that have made cinema history…

Movie Number 1

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

In this timeless classic, the very elegant Audrey Hepburn wears sunglasses designed by designer Oliver Goldsmith, Manhattan model, to this day almost impossible to find.

This film marked a sort of “year zero” for the use of dark lenses on Hollywood divas. A risk that gave the actress consecration in the Olympus of style icons.

Movie Number 2


Stanley Kubrick in his, first discussed, and then acclaimed 1969 adaptation portrays, shows an actress: Sue Lyon with a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses.

Movie Number 3

The Blues Brothers

In John Landis‘ unforgettable film, starring the equally epic Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, the characters’ outfits and their Ray Ban Wayfarers had such a strong impact on viewers of any era that, if there were a hypothetical award for “the most famous sunglasses in cinema”, they would probably win it.

Movie Number 4


In the Wachowski brothers’ cyberpunk epic, the characters, upon entering “matrix” automatically wear sunglasses.

As the directors explain “the glasses are used as a visual reference, to reinforce the idea that in that virtual reality the protagonists are avatars”.

Movie Number 5

X Men

Scott Summers aka Cyclops, wears special protective lenses that, unlike normal lenses, serve to protect the outside world from the laser beam produced by his eyes.

Movie Number 6

Harry Potter

How could we not include the most famous “four-eyed” magician ever?

Part of the success of the main character is also to be attributed to his normal appearance, in which any kid could identify with.

A detail that drew attention to the intellectual gifts of the character, as eyeglasses have always led us to think, and not to the physical gifts like those of the more canonical heroes.

Movie Number 7

Fight Club

David Fincher’s cult hit, adapted from Chuck Palahniuk‘s very famous book, brought to the screens a Brad Pitt as the most freaky imaginary friend ever, although the Cazal 735s worn by Tyler Durden remain an absolutely gorgeous match in the character’s impetuous style.

Movie Number 8

Top Gun

Tom Cruise wearing a pair of historic Aviators sunglasses while flying a fighter bomber playing the rebellious pilot Maverick, is there a more fitting definition of “90s pop cinematography” than this?

Movie Number 9


Al Pacino, to conceal the menacing gaze of drug trafficker Tony Montana, in one of his most famous and memorable performances, wore a pair of Linda Farrow 6031s.

Movie Number 10

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Johnny Depp has an absolutely special relationship with eyewear, one of the most whimsical and memorable examples being the yellow gradient aviator-rimmed lenses used to portray the real-life journalist Hunter S. Thompson, in the famous film by former Monty Python Terry Gilliam.

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