Famous Glasses Wearer: Andy Warhol

We know Andy Warhol for his iconic pop art and ventures into film, music, and writing. Andy attracted a most artistic and eclectic group of individuals, ranging from socialites like Edie Sedgwick, to intellectuals, to people from the street. Andy’s following hung out in his “Silver Factory,” which became part of New York City’s 1960s counterculture.

Andy Warhol's factory

Andy was loved and hated by many — but you can’t deny he had style. A dapper man, Andy’s iconic outfit included a striped shirt, dark trousers, a platinum wig, and glasses.

Andy Warhol wearing striped shirt

Andy was almost always wearing some form of glasses, whether it was retro square sunglasses like these (he was even buried with a pair of sunglasses):

black wayfarer sun readers

Or round bifocal glasses like these:

Andy Warhol glasses

In The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy reflected on wearing glasses:

“I always think about what it means to wear eyeglasses. When you get used to glasses you don’t know how far you could really see. I think about all the people before eyeglasses were invented. It must have been weird because everyone was seeing in different ways according to how bad their eyes were. Now, eyeglasses standardize everyone’s vision to 20-20. That’s an example of everyone becoming more alike. Everyone could be seeing at different levels if it weren’t for glasses.”

Well, Andy — we think it’s a good thing we can all see alike.

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