Catalogue Number: 2184
Replica of Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) spectacles with plano sunglass lenses
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacles, novelty
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2012
Time Period: 21st C
Description Of Item: Replica of Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) spectacles with plano sunglass lenses; diamente studded curl wings; saddle bridge; black plastic front and wings. The reverse side of the front and the sides are all black plastic, unlike Cat #2075.19.0cm x 8.0cm.
Historical Significance: Dame Edna Everage was the most famous alter ego of Melbourne comedian Barry Humphries (1934 -) who had a highly successful stage career from his years as a student at the University of Melbourne in the 1950s that blossomed into a very long international career when he moved to London in 1959. Dame Edna Everage dressed extravagantly and her outrageous spectacles were a signature feature. Originally the glasses were made by Stephanie Deste but were later designed by Stephen Admitt. This pair of glasses is a replica sold as a souvenir of Barry Humphries shows. See the book Cult Eyewear by Neil Handley for more information about Barry Humphries' glasses.
How Acquired: Donated by Pamela Sutton
Date Acquired: 21.04.2013
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 2