Iconic Frames - Woody Allen

March 09, 2016

Iconic Frames - Woody Allen

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” - Woody Allen

There are not many Hollywood players who can boast of having a successful career for more than fifty years, let alone in multiple genres. Heywood “Woody” Allen, born Allan Stewart Konigsberg in 1935, has been churning out work as an actor, writer, comedian, playwright and director for half a century and seems far from hanging up his hat.

Although he began writing short jokes from the age of fifteen, he started his career as a simple stand-up comedian in the early 60’s, he soon progressed to writing and directing films within a few short years after his talents were recognised by then bigger players. After this point, he never looked back, rolling out film after film, many of which are highly acclaimed by critics and movie goers alike.

Twenty-four Academy Award Nominations, including the most for screenwriting to date, four Academy Award wins and nine British Academy Film and Television Art Awards later, Woody can be considered one of the most successful men in film history. He also has one of the most recognisable faces in the industry. This is in no small part due to his famous signature glasses.
The frames Woody Allen chose to adopt are the Style Rite 820 in black. These large rimmed glasses have become iconic in nature due to their decades of use by Allen. Other celebrities such as Martin Scorsese and Johnny Depp have also adopted the frames as a go to pair.

Allen has a slim, oval shaped face. An oval face generally means many frame types will be suitable for use. These include square, round, cat-eye, rectangle, wayfarer and aviators as options. Woody chose a solid square frame which may look bold on most faces, however due to his character he is able to pull it off. In fact the man is rather ingenious as these frames helped to solidify an image which has become recognisable across the globe.



Lax, Eric (1991). "Woody Allen: A Biography". Woody Allen: A Biography. Retrieved February 3, 2014. Woody Allen was born in Brooklyn, New York, in the spring of 1952, When Allan Stewart Konigsberg, who was born in the Bronx on December 1, 1935, settled on the name as a suitable cover.
Woody Allen – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 2015. Woody Allen – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. [ONLINE} Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woody_Allen. [Accessed 27 July 2015].


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