More than 200 garments, each technically and creatively ground breaking, will feature in Museum of Brisbane’s (MoB) major exhibition, The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive showcasing from 23 November 2018 to 22 April 2019.
The exhibition showcases the most daring technical innovations, fabric and embellishment choices of the fashion house across its 28 years and is complemented by sketches, accessories, samples, look books, photographs, interviews and anecdotes from the designers.
The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive will reveal the leading role Easton Pearson played at the forefront of slow fashion and ethical manufacture, working closely with artists, artisans and workshops across India and Vietnam to ensure good conditions, fair pay and respectful collaborations. The exhibition, comprising more than 3300 garments and more than 5000 accessories, is the largest collection from a single Australian fashion house held by a public art gallery or museum, says MoB Chair Sallyanne Atkinson AO. “From their base in Brisbane, Easton Pearson took their unique designs to the world, showing in Paris from 1997.” Easton Pearson was stocked in London, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy and the Middle East as well as Australia.
MoB Director Renai Grace said the Museum received the collection in 2017. “Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson were the storytellers of Australian fashion. This exhibition will allow visitors to truly appreciate the intersection of art, fashion and culture and the techniques, some thousands of years old, that were adapted and explored by Easton Pearson.”
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