Fanfare also forged a lucrative relationship with Stock Aitken and Waterman, the legendary pop producers of the 1980s.
Since then they have become a cult style, and have been spotted on everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Penelope Cruz.
The Aviator shape is extremely flattering, and suits almost everyone (which goes some way to explaining its popularity).
Childhood: Simon Cowell was born in Brighton and raised in Elstree, Hertfordshire.
His work in the music industry was kick-started by his father, Eric, who was a music industry executive, as well as an estate agent. After leaving Dover College before sixth form, Cowell had a number of casual jobs but failed to settle in any of them.
The comedian, 53, infuriated Simon, 58, while making stage show I Can’t Sing in 2014 when he refused to change the mogul's character.