“From Ordinary to Extraordinary: The Unbelievable Odyssey of Tina Schinas, Trailblazing the Cat-Eye Frame Revolution!”

Introduction of Tina Schinas

At the age of 116, picture making a significant contribution to the fields of fashion and art. That is the remarkable life story of Altina “Tina” Schinas. American fashion designer Tina is well recognized for developing the “Cat-Eye” eyewear.On August 4, when we celebrate her 116th birthday, we pause to reflect on her extraordinary life and the significant contribution she made to the fashion industry.

Early Beginnings and Artistic Pursuits

Born in Manhattan, New York, in 1907, Tina Schinas was a creative soul from the very beginning. Her artistic path began in New York City’s streets, where she cultivated her passion for painting. She pursued her love after high school and moved to Paris, where she worked with well-known artists like George Grosz and Salvador Dali to improve her craft.

Revolutionizing Eyewear Design

When Tina was employed as a window dresser on Fifth Avenue in New York City, she experienced her biggest success. She was able to reach a wider audience because to The Art Students League’s interest in her creative and distinctive designs. She set out to design eyeglass frames that highlighted facial features and added a dash of elegance with the idea of liberating women from the constrained frame alternatives that were previously available to them.Inspired by the mysterious masks of the Venice Carnival, Tina’s “Cat-Eye” frames became a sensation. Women quickly adopted her designs as trendsetters, embracing the newfound fashion accessory. Her creative prowess earned her numerous awards and accolades from respected designers in the industry.

A Trailblazer in the Fashion World

When Tina won the renowned Lord & Taylor American Design Award in 1939, her eyewear designs became well-known all over the world. Her reputation in the fashion industry was further enhanced by her work being published in renowned magazines like Life and Vogue. She continued to pursue new artistic efforts and produced “George Grosz’s Interregnum,” which won the 1960 Venice Film Festival.

A Legacy of Creativity and Philanthropy

Tina has had a tremendous career, and she has inspired people as well as created. She was a talented artist who went above and beyond only using her gifts for self-expression by contributing them to the benefit of others. The song “The Road I Have Traveled” and her body of work are two examples of how important she has remained over time.

She also started making movies, creating the captivating documentary “George Grosz’ Interregnum” on the renowned artist and former instructor George Grosz. It got a lot of praise, was nominated for an Academy Award, and won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1960.

The Civil Rights movement

Schinasi kept pursuing new artistic endeavors as the years passed. She wrote her memoir, “The Road I Have Traveled,” in her senior years, giving readers an insight into her remarkable life story. She also worked as a volunteer art therapist, applying her artistic skills to the benefit of others.

In favor of the Civil Rights movement was Schinasi. She met with Ralph Abernathy, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr. in an attempt to raise money for the project, but it was unsuccessful. She also bought the film rights to King’s book, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story.

Schinasi’s sculptures embodied refined beauty and usefulness, much like her recognizable frames. Her plaster, fiberglass, and wood “chairacters,” created in the 1970s, were benches and chairs with intriguingly merged human shapes. She was known to paint and draw as well.

Google has previously honored well-known artists with doodles, including Rosa Bonheur, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Pacita Abad. They have also been used to mark holidays, occasions, and dates.


We are in awe of Altina “Tina” Schinas’ enormous influence on both fashion and art as we commemorate her 116th birthday. Tina is the creator of the “Cat-Eye” frames. Her inventions transformed eyewear and gave women the freedom to express their individual perceptions of style and personalities. We wish the legendary Tina Schinas, a real icon in the world of fashion, many more years of innovation and creativity. Tina, happy birthday!

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