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Easton Pearson Archive

The Easton Pearson Archive is a collection of more than 3,300 signature garments from Brisbane’s most successful fashion house. Easton Pearson was created by Brisbane locals Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson, who launched the label in 1988 and operated an increasingly international fashion business from our city until 2016. Their boldly patterned, colourful and embellished garments were seen on catwalks and showrooms throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, America and Australia. The Easton Pearson Archive was the subject of a major exhibition at the Museum in 2018.

The Easton Pearson Archive gift to Museum of Brisbane has been made possible by the generous support of Dr Paul Eliadis, a Brisbane-based philanthropist and patron of contemporary art and design. The Archive consists of more than 3,300 garments donated by Dr Eliadis through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts program in 2017. It is supported by more than 5,000 accessories, specification sheets, range plans, look books, photographs and other supporting materials donated by Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson in 2018.

People from around the world can experience the Museum of Brisbane’s Easton Pearson Archive on Google Arts & Culture. More than 150 stunning images from this ground-breaking fashion collection are available, including details that reveal bespoke textiles and prints, international collaborations and meticulously designed garments.

Easton Pearson On Tour 

Museum of Brisbane shares Easton Pearson Archive with national tour

A curated selection of garments and fashion-related objects from Museum of Brisbane’s award-winning exhibition, The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive will make its way around Australia as part of a two-year tour exploring the impact of internationally acclaimed fashion house Easton Pearson on Australian fashion history.

Pattern and Print: Easton Pearson Archive will showcase the daring design, technical innovations, bespoke fabrics and bold prints Easton Pearson became known for, complemented by sketches, accessories, samples, look books, photographs, interviews and anecdotes from the designers.

The exhibition’s first stop will be Melbourne’s vibrant art and design space, RMIT Gallery (February—May 2021), followed by venues in Tasmania, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.

Museum of Brisbane is home to the Easton Pearson Archive which, comprising more than 3,300 garments and more than 5,000 objects, accessories and ephemera, captures almost three decades of Australian fashion history.

Museum of Brisbane’s Chair Sallyanne Atkinson AO said that as the largest textile collection from a single Australian fashion house held by a museum or gallery, it is important that pieces from the Easton Pearson Archive are shared with audiences across Australia.

Pattern and Print will provide Australian audiences with access to garments and accompanying ephemera that tell the detailed stories of Easton Pearson’s creative process and evolving aesthetic. The exhibition will also be an unprecedented resource for fashion, craft, art and design students, researchers, practitioners and design enthusiasts.”

MoB Director Renai Grace said the Museum was thrilled to be able to share an exhibition of such calibre and that it will be an inspiring experience for all lovers of fashion and an eye-opening one for those wanting to know more about the role of fashion in art, craft, design and culture.

“Host venues have a strong interest in contemporary textiles, practice and fashion design and are genuinely excited by the opportunity, identifying that the garments, supporting archival materials and high-quality public programs will engage and resonate strongly with their audiences.

Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson were the storytellers of Australian fashion. Their designs remain cutting-edge, even today, due to Easton Pearson’s experimental, demi-couture processes and their passion for creating bespoke textiles, prints and embellishments as diverse as champagne bottle tops, raffia, silver thread and sequins, copper chain, felt, feathers and beads of almost every variety.”

An exhibition by Museum of Brisbane (MoB), toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

The Easton Pearson Archive gift to Museum of Brisbane has been made possible by the generous support of Dr Paul Eliadis AM, a Brisbane-based philanthropist and patron of contemporary art and design. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. The Archive is complemented by supporting materials gifted by Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson.

Easton Pearson Archive Tour Dates

RMIT Gallery, VIC
Friday 26 February 2021 – Saturday 8 May 2021

Devonport Regional Gallery, TAS
Saturday 12 June – Saturday 17 July 2021

Signal Point Gallery, SA
2021 – Dates to be confirmed

Penrith Regional Gallery, NSW
2022 – Dates to be confirmed 

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, NSW
2022 – Dates to be confirmed

Cairns Art Gallery, QLD      
2022 – Dates to be confirmed