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Silhouette started in 1964 and are still going today. The designer

of this frame was the extraordinary Dora Demmel, who worked in

the male-dominated optical world and became one of its most

influential designers - her 'Futura' plastic frame sunglasses of the

1970's are now in museum collections. She brought a high fashion

sensibility to her work and from around 1973 she was creating

designs in metal, which have both that future 'Futura' feel and that

runway glamour: see this 1974 ad for Hermès Calèche perfume where

the model is wearing clear lenses in the Silhouette metal frame.

This plastic frame however dates from the same period when in

central Europe designers like Cari Zalloni for Saphira and Demmel

were experimenting with heavier plastic frames for women. This is

a large frame - although the lenses measure only 53mm whereas they

are marked at 56. The face is angled back, the temples are extra wide,

joining in the centre with 5 barrel hinges. The colour is a dark, mottled

tortoise. Any male CEO would have sat up to attention if this junior

executive stepped in to the boardroom - he'd be worried for his job!

                                                                  — klasik
product code : k8250 : £ 185

1970s mottled tortoise plastic frame

Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.


lenses : n/a

frame : very good

fit : very good


face : 142mm

lens width : 56mm (marked on frame)

lens height : 39mm

bridge : 18mm (marked on frame)

arms : 140mm (marked on frame)