Museum of Brisbane

The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson

  • November 2018
  • 10am - 5pm daily, 7pm Friday nights
  • Museum of Brisbane

The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive features more than 160 garments personally selected by designers Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson to reveal the artistry, techniques and demi-couture practices that placed the label at the forefront of Australian fashion for 27 years.

The Designers' Guide: Easton Pearson Archive

The storytellers of Australian fashion, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson’s unique approach referenced art, travel, film, literature, music and emotions to create a bold aesthetic characterised by daring patterns, innovative materials, meticulous techniques and a sustainable ethos.

For the first major exhibition from Museum of Brisbane’s Easton Pearson Archive, we invited Pam and Lydia to select the designs they felt highlighted the greatest innovations of their design practice and to share the stories behind the evolution of each garment: the design process, techniques, collaborations, experimentations, successes and set-backs.

More than 160 garments will be showcased on more than 60 forms in Gallery One, alongside accessories, look books, sketches and range plans.

As part of The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive, Vogue Australia’s Sustainability Editor-at-Large Clare Press interviews Pam and Lydia in a series of podcasts, where they discuss their own design practice and the ethics of slow fashion in this era of online and fast fashion.

Slow fashion, sustainability, design practice and experimental future fashion will also form the basis of the exhibition’s public programs to begin in December.

About the Easton Pearson Archive

Museum of Brisbane was gifted the complete collection of Easton Pearson on 5 July 2017 by Dr Paul Eliadis, a Brisbane-based philanthropist and patron of contemporary art and design, through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Comprising more than 3,300 signature garments, as well as accessories, original sketches, look books, ephemera and show footage, the Easton Pearson Archive captures a pivotal piece of Australian design and fashion history, explores national identity and reveals Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson’s place at the forefront of contemporary design movements including: fashion as art; ethical manufacture; and slow fashion.

The Archive is a treasure held by the Museum of Brisbane to inspire, inform and awe fashion and design enthusiasts today and into the future. It is also a valuable resource for designers, bespoke manufacturers and students, for whom the design duo remains an enduring influence.

Conserving the Archive

The Easton Pearson Archive is an integral piece of our fashion history and a key piece of our national design identity.

Like all historical objects, the Archive needs to be carefully conserved to ensure its integrity for future generations. If you would like to know more about how to support this valuable collection please contact the Museum’s Development Manager Vivienne Johnson at

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