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Pattern and Print: Easton Pearson Archive

Pattern and Print: Easton Pearson Archive is a celebration of the internationally acclaimed fashion house Easton Pearson.  

Easton Pearson was at the cutting edge of international fashion between 1998 and 2016. The label’s success hinged on the remarkable 28-year creative partnership between Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson that began in 1989. Their unique ways of working fostered inventive designs, lasting collaborations, and supported ethical manufacture. 

Pattern and Print: Easton Pearson Archive showcases a selection of vibrant garments that highlight the technical innovations, bespoke fabric, distinctive prints and embellishment choices of the fashion house. Easton Pearson collaborated with individual artists and artisans to create unique designs which ranged from colourful Indian beading, to designs painted by hand directly onto a finished dress.

The garments in the exhibition are complemented by a custom mural by Brisbane-based painter, illustrator and long-time Easton Pearson collaborator, Stephen Mok. Stephen hand painted patterns onto garments, decorated accessories and props for the runway and created window designs for the label’s flagship Brisbane store. 

The exhibition presents the fantastical world of Easton Pearson, where both simplicity and detail shine, and artistry triumphs.

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.

Tour Dates 2020

RMIT Gallery, RMIT University, VIC: 4 December 2020 – 7 March 2021

Tour Dates 2021

Devonport Regional Gallery, TAS: 28 May – 18 July 2021

Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa, SA: 9 September – 1 November 2021

Penrith Regional Gallery, NSW: November 2021 – March 2022

Tour Dates 2022

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre, NSW: 29 April – 10 July 2022

Cairns Art Gallery, QLD: 7 October – 11 December 2022


Banner image above: 

The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive 2018. Photo: Carl Warner. Illustration: Stephen Mok. Donated by Dr Paul Eliadis through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2017. Easton Pearson Archive, Museum of Brisbane Collection. 

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