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Collection Inspection: Easton Pearson Archive

Brisbane fashion house Easton Pearson was at the avant-garde of international fashion between 1989 and 2016. Its success hinged on the creative relationship between Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson, whose unique ways of working fostered inventive designs, lasting collaborations, and supported ethical manufacture.

Though they experienced international success, the creative hub of Pamela and Lydia’s prolific practice was Brisbane. The climate and lifestyle heavily impacted what and how they designed. A Brisbane aesthetic permeates their collections in the form of glistening palm trees, laid back summer wear and understated garments that, on closer inspection, showcase the most intricate of detailing.

Museum of Brisbane’s Easton Pearson Archive is an unprecedented resource for fashion, craft, art and design students, researchers, practitioners and enthusiasts. Comprising more than 3,300 garments and more than 5,000 supporting materials, it tells the colourful stories of Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson’s creative process and evolving aesthetic.

Discover more about Museum of Brisbane’s Easton Pearson Archive in the video below.

Museum of Brisbane acknowledges the contribution of:

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. 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.

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