HARLEQUIN – The glasses she invented in the 1920s are still sold around the world today
This Friday, Google’s doodle pays tribute to Altina Schinasi, an American artist and designer born exactly 116 years ago. The entrepreneur achieved global success in particular by inventing the “Harlequin” or cat-eye style glasses, which are still sold today. They are highlighted in the animation of Google.
Inspired by the Carnival of Venice
Born in New York on August 4, 1907, Altina Schinasi comes from an Ottoman family that emigrated to the United States. After high school, she studied painting in Paris and then joined the Art Students League in New York. At the same time, she began working as a window dresser for several department stores on 5th Avenue, which allowed her to collaborate with Salvador Dalí on the windows of the Bonwit Teller & Co store, reports Cultea.
It is this work on the stalls that would have inspired him the “cat’s eye” glasses. Looking at an optician’s window, she would have noticed that only round and clear frames(…) Read more at 20minutes
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