VERSACE model 4058 is infamous because of the notorious VERSACE spring-summer 2004 ad campaign photographed by Mario Testino, featuring Madonna as an all round business woman, in her immaculate white VERSACE office room.
These sunglasses are the only ones featured in the entire shoot Testino took back in 2004 and are therefor a symbol of their time.
Other then being chosen for the VERSACE spring summer 2004 campaign and worn by Madonna, these shades are not particularly special in their shape. What makes them appealing to us is the color and simplicity they are made of as well as the power of publicity.
The frames are made of orange transparent acetate by LUXOTTICA in Italy. The size is quite small, as if made to fit Madonna specifically. The lenses are gradient purple to light orange/grey and are very light overall. The temples feature one medusa head in silver metal on each side, tightened to the temples by a tiny screw.
This particular model is also featured on page 298 in TASCHEN’S book about glasses and sunglasses: “Eyewear, a visual history” by Moss Lipow – 2011.
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