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December 16, 2007 | Melissa Magsaysay, Times Staff Writer
MENTION aviator sunglasses and "Top Gun" may be the first thing that comes to mind. But a close second should be Ray-Ban, the company that originated the style 70 years ago. Modeled after military-issue goggles, aviators were developed for pilots who needed anti-glare glasses. They became popular with civilians in the late 1960s and early 1970s, only to be eclipsed by the Ray-Ban Wayfarer in the 1980s. In Hollywood, aviators never strayed too far from the spotlight.
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December 16, 2007 | Melissa Magsaysay, Times Staff Writer
MENTION aviator sunglasses and "Top Gun" may be the first thing that comes to mind. But a close second should be Ray-Ban, the company that originated the style 70 years ago. Modeled after military-issue goggles, aviators were developed for pilots who needed anti-glare glasses. They became popular with civilians in the late 1960s and early 1970s, only to be eclipsed by the Ray-Ban Wayfarer in the 1980s. In Hollywood, aviators never strayed too far from the spotlight.
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March 12, 1998 | DIANE SEO
Tennis star Gabriela Sabatini looked smashing in her Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses, while crooner Willie Nelson struck a brawny pose in his Aviators, the shades Tom Cruise made famous in "Top Gun." That was the late '80s, when the world's leading premium sunglass maker chased sales by linking its most popular shades to a slew of famous faces.
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March 12, 1998 | DIANE SEO
Tennis star Gabriela Sabatini looked smashing in her Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses, while crooner Willie Nelson struck a brawny pose in his Aviators, the shades Tom Cruise made famous in "Top Gun." That was the late '80s, when the world's leading premium sunglass maker chased sales by linking its most popular shades to a slew of famous faces.
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