Easton Pearson doesn't have the same brand name recognition as other Aussie labels like Colette Dinnigan or Sass and Bide. Despite their River City origins, the average Brisbanite might not have heard of the label. But if you've ever seen their clothes, you won't forget them - and this exhibition, currently showing at Museum of Brisbane, is determined to make sure we don't forget.
Easton Pearson was created by Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson in 1989. Launching shortly after Expo 88, the bright optimism and unique Queensland characteristics of the time became a major aesthetic choice for the label. Colourful, quirky and lavishly embellished, the Easton Pearson look was fun, over the top, demi-couture.
Thanks to their daring patterns and creative materials, the duo enjoyed a meteoric rise. Easton Pearson clothing was sold all over the world and the label become a Paris Fashion Week regular by the turn of the century. Those of a certain age might remember the sequin and embellishment trends of the 00s; you can thank Easton Pearson for that. In 2017, Pam Easton and Lydia Pearson were inducted into the Design Institute of Australia's Hall of Fame.
Although the label shut down in 2016, their influence remains. A collection of more than 3000 garments and 5000 sketches was donated to the MoB, the largest textile donation in Australia's history. This comprehensive retrospective will be on display until 22 April.
The Designer Guide: Easton Pearson Archive is bold and bright, capturing the decades of experimentation, collaboration and artistry that went into the brand aesthetic. The collection is also a fashion timeline, exploring the evolution of their design and the changes created by new technology.
MoB will run Archive Tours of the collection on Wednesdays. The Visitor Experience team will take customers behind the scenes to explain how these delicate items are stored and preserved.
And their Drawing the Body series gets an Easton Pearson makeover, with designer Leigh Buchanan sharing his experiences with the designers and Brisbane models sharing their favourite pieces.