Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012
That you loved the Aperture Sunglasses Gaga wore with her Comme des Garçons Illusion Dress? So this is for YOU!
I had a lovely chat with Daniel Stephen, the man behind them.
Dan is a huge Lady Gaga fan and one of Gaga Fashionland first readers! And here’s his story:
“What he wanted to create was art piece out of an accessory, something that was so unique and unusual for such a common item. Work like the Bad Romance razor shades and designer Kerin Rose really inspired me. I liked the mechanical part we see in cameras called aperture – it dilates and contracts to let light in, replicating the human pupil.
The sunglasses are like mechanical simulations of the eyes beneath. Our eyes are transformed into cameras. It highlights how in today’s society, almost everything we see is captured. Nothing goes undocumented”.
“The glasses themselves are made of two iris diaphragm apertures, used in optics laboratories. The frame and lenses are a bright transparent blue. Acquiring the perfect parts and frame was the hard part, fixing them together took a little glue and a steady hand.
After making them in early 2011, I put them away in a box, waiting to give to Gaga someday. When she visited Australia for the Born This Way Ball I gave them to her in a gift package. It took me completely by surprise when I saw she was wearing those sunglasses in Paris!”
And we are so happy for you, Dan!
Did Gaga wear something you created? Drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us YOUR story!
Photos via: Zimbio