Women’s History Month

 In Vision


Altina Schinasi, Upper Westside Manhattan resident born in 1907, changed the “face” of eyewear for women (pun intended!)

As a young artist collaborating with visionary artist Salvador Dali, Schinasi designed and patented the “Harlequin” frame.  It was inspired by the romantic, whimsical masks worn by women at ballroom dances and also inspired by the lack of interesting frames for women.

Eventually, the “cat-eye” shape became a fashion accessory and was recognized by Vogue and Life Magazine as revolutionizing the eyewear industry and aesthetic.  Nearly 100 years later at American Vision At The Court, we still recognize the beauty and relevance of the “cat-eye” and all eyewear today.

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