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                                                                                                                               The designs of Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson
                                                                                                                               are the subject of a new exhibition opening
                                                                                                                               on Sunday at GoMA. We were given exclusive
                                                                                                                               access to the Easton Pearson show and to the
                                                                                                                               iconic designers’ summer collection




                                                                                                                              The Easton Pearson exhibition, documenting 20 years of
                                                                                                                              design, opens at GoMA next Sunday and runs until November
                                                                                                                              8. Easton Pearson will feature alongside Akira and Camargue
                                                                                                                              at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in the Soul by Juniper
                                                                                                                              Group Show next Sunday at 7pm at Brisbane City Hall; Qtix
                                                                                                                              136 246 or www.qtix.com.au

                                                                                                                           Stockists Easton Pearson, 60 James St, Fortitude Valley, 3358 6805,
   CITY dress in                                                         ARGO silk dress $949,                             www.eastonpearson.com; Nat-sui, James St, Fortitude Valley, 3852 2320,
   embroidered cotton $1069                                              Nat-sui Shaggy heels $299                         www.nat-sui.com.au




                                           Brisbane’s best-known fashion designers – Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson – delight everyone who meets them with their
BYDESIGN                                   refreshing honesty and genuine approach in an industry not widely known for either of those qualities.

PAMELA Easton and Lydia Pearson                                                                                                  and the way we work with textiles as          ‘‘We didn’t start archiving until
have done more for raising the profile                                                                                           artists, not just as commercial            about 1996,’’ Easton said. ‘‘It hasn’t
of Brisbane’s fashion scene than just                                                                                            designers. I felt our design role had      been kept in museum standards –
about anybody else — and now 20                                                                                                  really come to the fore in all the areas   more like plastic bags and cardboard
years of Easton Pearson’s intricate,                                                                                             of the garments we make. There is          boxes – but everything was in pretty
distinctive and highly embellished                                                                                               always so much focus on the fashion        good nick, which was quite amazing.
style will be celebrated at the Gallery                                                                                          and on the season when you are                ‘‘Because of the process of selling,
of Modern Art.                                                                                                                   selling the range, and I thought this      we also had line sheets of drawings,
   ‘‘We are going to have to go to                                                                                               gave us an opportunity to show how         fabric swatches and photographs . . .
ground after this exhibition — no one                                                                                            our process works.                         I appreciate some things so much
is going to want to talk to us for                                                                                                  ‘‘To look back into our own history     more now than I did then."
about two years; they will be sick of                                                                                            was interesting. I thought it might be        Easton Pearson’s new flagship
us,’’ Pearson laughs.                                                                                                            mortifying – every collection              store has just opened at James St,
   The fashion industry just can’t get                                                                                           contains things you wished you             Fortitude Valley, and at double the
enough of Easton Pearson and the                                                                                                 hadn’t thought of and things you only      size of the old Adelaide St store it will
exhibition, opening next Sunday, will                                                                                            did because you had to have certain        house an expanded range of the
bring fashion fans from around             HIGHLIGHT: Lydia Pearson (left) and Pamela Easton.           Picture: Paul Giggle     things in the collection to make it        collection, specially created
Australia to Brisbane’s GoMA.                                                                                                    commercially viable. But to see just       exhibition merchandise and bed
   ‘‘We are so glad the gallery has          ‘‘The gallery needed parameters          ‘‘In fashion you get a bit freaked         the design highlights of every year –      linen.
looked at the label from a non-            that went beyond ‘this is the 1993       out about going back over old ground         even for us it was pretty impressive.’’
fashion perspective,’’ Easton said. ‘‘It   collection’, Pearson said. ‘‘They        but preparing for the exhibition really         Archives kept at Easton Pearson         Meet designers Easton and Pearson at
                                                                                                                                                                            a free public talk, In Conversation,
is really an exhibition of our             looked at the themes that have           validated our thought process and            headquarters in Fortitude Valley           hosted by Easton Pearson exhibition
techniques and our growth as               constantly run through the work . . .    way of working.                              made work for exhibition curator           curator Miranda Wallace, at GoMA
designers and as a design company."        an important validation for us.            ‘‘It also validated our techniques         Miranda Wallace much easier.               Gallery 1.3 on August 23 at 3pm.

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