This piece is called "Remember Kids, Closets are for Hangers"- It owes equal parts to Bruce Springsteen, Dame Edna, and that kid on "Glee".
I'm not sure what started me on my fascination with rhinestone cat's eye glasses... I know that I first found a little tiny pair down in San Francisco at the gift center (this was in the days before I knew that every major city has a wholesale district where you can go and buy unbelievably tacky costume jewelry in bulk). As soon as I incorporated the glasses into a piece, I knew everything had changed. Silly, flashy, extravagant and somewhat conservative at the same time, they just made me HAPPY!
The image I get from them is one of a secret life, a person with a wild side just waiting to cut loose... the "Library Lady" after hours. A great big Australian dude can put them on and suddenly he's DAME EDNA! I don't know how... they must possess some magical properties.Not to create a different person so much as to allow the wearer to accept a part of themselves that's been waiting to shine.
I think we as a species hide too much. I have a dear friend who's 13 and I see her struggle with figuring out how to express herself. The world can just stomp on your heart in the cruelest ways. It's hard. Recently she saw me wearing my canary yellow seersucker jacket over a bright green hawaiian shirt and she was like "How do you do that? You just have such... confidence." I don't know if it's confidence. it's more like a choice... to enjoy the moment. To put on something wild and let it change me for a bit. Really, the worst thing that could have happened was that the terrorists would have looked for a victim and shot me first since since they couldn't take their eyes off of me! It made for a memorable trip.
So take it from a straight guy who discovered rhinestones in his 30's, next time your in the vintage store and you see a pair of funky librarian glasses, try them on. You'll be glad you did
"Remember, Kids, Closets are for Hangers" is available in my Etsy store.