Catalogue Number: 1593
Renato Balestra Gregoriene spectacle frame
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle frame
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: Late 20th C
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Italy?
Description Of Item: Acetate spectacle frame, mottled brown, small beaded corner trims, saddle bridge, concealed joints, right side designated 'Renato Balestra Roma', left side designated 'Gregoriana RB.88.109 58.14.140, 135 x 50 mm.
Historical Significance: Renato Balestra (born in Trieste 1924), is an Italian fashion designer. He first started studying civil engineering. He got into fashion thanks to a bet made with his friends. Without him knowing, his design went to Milan where it received praises from important figures in the fashion world at that time. His name has become associated with a diversity of haute couture products and commercial outlets.
How Acquired: Donated by ACO Clinic
Date Acquired: Sept 2010
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 14