Fadshions – Sun-Slatz

I had these Sun-slatz snap-in glass shades from the 1950s bookmarked for a while on Etsy, but they sold just before I decided to get them (my own fault – they were in my ‘think’ list for months.) I tend to hesitate with novelty items for the collection because they aren’t important fashions nor often in widespread use, so their role in fashion history is marginal. I couldn’t find a specific date for when these were patented, but all the images and references I did find dated from the mid 1950s and early 1960s.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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2 Responses to Fadshions – Sun-Slatz

  1. Mark Jensen says:

    I found your post about this Sun Slatz eyewear as I was preparing the final touches to my eyewear museum show being shown in London Jan. 24-27 2020 at the 100% optical show. Nathan who runs the show has been trying to get the Victoria Albert museum to show their collection at the show for years to no avail. That museum has around 160 pieces mainly of designers based in England. My collection however has over 2,000 pieces and yes I do have one pair of Sun-Slatz in the original box. I enjoyed reading about your museum and would love to do a temporary eyewear installation with you sometime. You can see a good portion of my collection on the instagram page @forgotteneyewear

    • Jonathan says:

      Hi Mark; Funnily enough, we are mounting a show about eyewear in March called 20/20… We have some nice frames in the collection and it seemed it was about time we shared them. I will check out your instagram page. Jonathan

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