Shutter Shades

28 07 2009

Shutter Shades…..dont fuck with ’em.

First the hit the markets in the 1980’s, Shutter Shades have since moved into a variety of rock, indie and hip-hop movements.

They were first designed by Alain Mikli, and instead of having lenses the design is characterized by its “shutter” motif, which is part of the frame, and are marketed as suitable for both men and women. The shades are available in an assortment of styles and colors. Depending on the design, Shutter Shades may not function as sunglasses; although some models contain UV resistant lenses, many do not, and only feature a series of horizontal plastic “shades,” which neither provide protection for the eye from UV light nor prevent a substantial amount of light from entering the eye, rendering them a functionless accessory.

First available in the 1980’s, nicknamed “Venetian Blinders,” these glasses were featured in the music videos for “Glittering Prize” by Simple Minds in 1982 and “Obsession” by Animotion in 1984. Alain Mikli made a contemporary custom design for Kanye West, again influenced by the fashion of the 1980s. West popularized the glasses in the music video for his hit song “Stronger.” Over the remainder of the year and the next, several celebrities publicly embraced the style of the shades, quickly establishing this design of sunglass as a pop culture staple.

Oh and btw, if you ever break your Shutter Shades…




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