Catalogue Number: 2075
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 (with removable clear protective plastic on the front surface); diamente studded curl wings; saddle bridge; black plastic front fading to red purple on the wings. The reverse side of the front and the sides are red purple plastic. Photograph of actual item in iPhoto.
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 Michael Humphries, brother of Barry Humphries
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 2