Museum of Brisbane

The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive

  • 22 November 2018 - 21 April 2019
  • 10am - 5pm daily, 7pm Friday nights
  • Museum of Brisbane

The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive features 200 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, experimentation’s, successes and set-backs.

The 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.

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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.


The Dress Circle

The Museum’s Dress Circle recognises individuals who have made an annual gift of $1,000 or more in support of The Easton Pearson Archive.

Dress Circle donors inspire others through their generosity and play a vital role in the life of the Museum. As a Dress Circle donor, you and your guest will be invited to an exhibition preview of The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive and other special events.

You will receive regular news about the Archive and an exhibition catalogue. Your gift will be recognised in the Museum’s annual report.

To become a Dress Circle donor, make a gift of $1,000 or more today.

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