At the beginning of the 20th century, thanks to the advances in technology, pilots were flying higher and higher, trying to brake existing altitude records. In order to do this, they had to fight extremely low temperatures and very bright lights. After a certain altitude, the pilots goggles would fog, forcing them to take them off for a better vision, which ultimately would cause great damage to their eyes. Having suffered from this himself and seeing good friends going through these painful experiences, John Macready began collaborating with Bausch & Lomb, an American eye-health company, to develop aviator sunglasses for the army. “My dad gave Bausch & Lomb the original shape, tint and fit” of aviator lenses, said Sally Macready Wallace. By the 1970s, a “ladies” version of the glasses came in pink, with rhinestones and spangles.
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The aviator sunglasses became famous once General Douglas MacArthur was photographed wearing them in the Philippines, in World War II. In time, the aviator model was adopted by many designers, each putting their own signature on this classic frames shape, as you’ll be able to see from sunglasscurator’s selection – Kris Van Assche, Linda Farrow Luxe, Moo Piyasombatkul, Ksubi, Sunday Somewhere or A-Morir. This is to show the versatility of this amazing frame!
With such a great pedigree, it wasn’t long since celebrities, singers and actors alike, starting embracing them. Since it’s Movie Week here at sunglasscurator.com, we wanted to bring back to you some of the most famous and enjoyable aviator sunglasses appearances in the moving arts.