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Trend Report: The Aviator

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Trend Report: The Aviator

 

In 1936 Bausch & Lomb developed a specialized set of sunglasses to protect pilot’s eyes while flying. These sunglasses became known as ‘pilot’s glasses’ and aviators. Throughout the years, the word aviator stuck, spawning the first popularization of sunglasses. In the 1970s aviators were elevated to celebrity status after becoming a trademark style accessory for public figures such as Elvis Presley. From then until now, the aviator has cemented itself as a staple in an fashionista’s repertoire. Nowadays, the aviator is available in a multitude of colours and materials, from sunglasses to clear prescription glasses, and in all shapes and sizes.