Armed glances: the history and culture of sunglasses & cool

Gill-Brown, V., 2010. Armed glances: the history and culture of sunglasses & cool. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.


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The thesis sets out to explore the enduring and widespread appeal of sunglasses in western popular culture as evident in the fields of fashion, film and advertising. The emergence of sunglasses as a fashion accessory is established through evidence from UK and US fashion magazines of the early Twentieth century, optical trade and professional journals and the collection of sunglasses and tinted spectacles held by the British Optical Association. The strong association in popular culture between sunglasses and contemporary notions of ‘cool’ is explored through analysis of images of sunglasses, consideration of their function as a ‘material agent’, existing histories and theories of ‘cool’, modernity and attendant changes to emotional culture, behaviour and personality. The relationship between sunglasses, vision and the gaze is also considered as the study explores the potential meanings of the shaded eye in these contexts.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Gill-Brown, V.
Publisher: Nottingham Trent University
Place of Publication: Nottingham
Date: 2010
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:33
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 09:33

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