The Eyewear Evolution of Nose Shades

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1987 Alain Mikli

Protecting noses was very important for mountaineers and anyone around the water. Nobody wants a sunburnt nose or skin cancer. Has nose protecting sunglasses ever become a fashion statement?

The first advertising we could find was for nose protection. This advertorial in Popular Mechanics Magazine in 1932 said: ‘Equipped with a shield that completely covers the nose, they new sun glasses may not impress the beholder as an aid to beauty, but that is actually what they are for…..

1932 in Popular Science Magazine
1932 in Popular Science Magazine

It wasn’t until the 1960’s where Oliver Goldsmith’s idea of Mod Fashion created a fashion look.

1960 Oliver Goldsmith
1960 Oliver Goldsmith
1960's Oliver Goldsmith
1960’s Oliver Goldsmith

Bolle, established in 1888 in France, didn’t begin marketing ski goggles until the 1960’s. The Ski Goggles sequed into Mod and Space Age Fashion.

1960's Bolle
1960’s Bolle

Leave it to Alain Mikli revitalized the Nose Guard look in 1987. One look was the shield and other an architectural monument to great noses .

1987 Alain Mikli
1987 Alain Mikli

This Alain Mikli piece was one of his special editions and seen for $6089.00 USD.

1987 Alan Mikli For Sale on First dibs for $6089.00 USA
1987 Alan Mikli For Sale on First dibs for $6089.00 USA

Toning it down a new type of nose guard appeared in the 199o’s. A Tent-like like structure over the nose was created. Capitalizing on the straight top bar trend, they added a nose piece. We found this piece on General Eyewear’s website.

1990 General Eyewear
1980 General Eyewear

Funky eyewear company Casanova tent-nose.

Casanova Style FC10
Casanova Style FC10

Issey Mikaye with Irving Penn made the nose an artistic expression in 1995.

1995 Miyake Sunglasses via Irving Penn
1995 Miyake Sunglasses via Irving Penn

2009 saw Linda Farrow in collaboration with Wilhelm Bernard in a classic remake of Oliver Goldsmith.

2011 Bernard Wilhelm
2009 Bernard Wilhelm
Linda Farrow and Bernhard Wilhelm
Linda Farrow and Bernhard Wilhelm

2001 a shield look complete with a blended nose guard by Alexandra Herchcovitch

2011 Herchcovitch
2011 Herchcovitch

Japanese eyewear innovator Factory 900 created a small series of mini nose guards in a modified Gladiator look.

2011 Factory 900
2011 Factory 900

2014 Saw a resurgence of the mask or nose protector.

2014 Armani
2014 Armani

2015 Tom Reblr launched a rustic version of nose guard.

2015 Tom Reblr mini Noseguard
2015 Tom Reblr mini Noseguard

Leading edge eyewear company Gentle Monster launched a true gladiator look in 2015.

2015 Gentle Monster Nose Protector
2015 Gentle Monster Nose Protector

Is this a trend? Probably not, just an architectural detail that sets the eyewear apart. For those of us who need a little more protection we need Mountaineering sunglasses along with SPF50 and hats.

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