why rimless glasses regain popularity in the early 21st century?
Posted Mar 14 2013 7:30am
The template for rimless eyeglasses can date back to the 1820s. The design aims to alleviate the combined weight of metal frames with heavy
glass lenses. The style also came about from a desire to make eyewear as inconspicuous as possible. Not like traditional eyeglasses, of which the lens are being secured inside of frames encircling the lens, instead, lenses of rimless
eyeglasses are mounted directly to the bridge or temples by way of a series of screws. They have some advantages such as , good look, cheaper,
light, comfortable. And they suit for variety of face shapes. Three-piece rimless glasses regain popularity in the early 21st century. And
there are both objective reasons and subjective reasons for this. First of all, thanks to the implementation of lightweight titanium frames and polycarbonate lenses, made the glasses virtually weightless on
the wearer’s face.
Besides, the favoring of rimless glasses by some public figures also served to increase their popularity. In 2008, demand of rimless titanium
glasses that are similar to those worn by Sarah Palin during the 2008 United States Presidential Election rose. In 2011, the waning popularity
of rimless glasses was invigorated by the death of Steve Jobs, whose round, rimless frames had become an iconic part of his appearance. he
wore from 1998 to his death in 2011. Jobs helped to repopularize this kind of eyeglasses in the early 21st century. In the weeks following
Jobs’ death, Marc Jacobs, the manufacturer who had designed Jobs’ glasses in 1998, were inundated with requests for identical frames, to the
point that the company had to place consumers on a three-month waiting list. Similarly, trade shows throughout the world—especially in Asia–
quickly sold out as consumer demand rose for glasses like Jobs’