Easton Pearson Activity Centre
Opens from 10 am to 2 pm daily (subject to staff availability)
Visitors to the Frock Stars exhibition can take a ‘creativity break’ at the Easton Pearson Activity centre where you can design an outfit with paper fabrics selected from the Easton Pearson collection. When you have finished dress it on a paper model and place on the catwalk. Here you can view some of the extraordinary designs our visitors have made.
In 2009 Lydia Pearson and Pamela Easton collaborated with Queensland Art Gallery’s, Gallery of Modern Art on a major survey exhibition of Easton Pearson’s work. In conjunction with the exhibition they created this activity centre. Easton Pearson and GOMA generously allowed the Powerhouse Museum to recreate this activity centre at the Museum for the Frock Stars exhibition.
About Easton Pearson
Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson of Brisbane based label Easton Pearson are two of Australia's most innovative and successful fashion designers; their distinctive collections are sold through some of the world’s top boutiques.
Pamela Easton originally worked as a fashion buyer in Brisbane before moving to Melbourne to work with Sportsgirl Australia. Lydia Pearson completed an arts degree in Brisbane and began designing a small fashion range (teaching herself pattern making) after a dress she designed and wore to a party was taken up by a boutique owner. Easton returned from Melbourne, met with Lydia and found they were both interested in setting up a small fashion business, designing and selling clothes that were not influenced by current fashion trends but reflected their shared love of vintage clothing and textiles, non European textiles, old movies, colonial history, theatre, art and literature. In 1988 they turned what had been a long term friendship into a design partnership firstly through the labels Bow + Arrow by Easton Pearson and a more youthful label OH!, before bringing them together in the Easton Pearson label in 1998.
They began showing their collections to buyers and media in Sydney in 1990 and were part of the group ready-to-wear shows at Australian Fashion Week in 1998 and 1999 before holding their first solo show in 2000. In 1999 they took a collection to Paris, showing to international buyers from a small room in the Hôtel de Buci. Today they present their seasonal collections from the Hôtel Pavillon de la Reine in Paris.
While acknowledging current fashion trends, their collections reflect an independent and experimental vision of dress drawing on broad and eclectic sources of inspiration. Using predominantly natural fibres they are best known for creating evocative collections of richly romantic clothes featuring beautifully embroidered, beaded and hand crafted fabrics using a wide range of textile techniques.
They design all the decorative detail and pattern on their textiles and have a small workroom in Mumbai, India employing skilled artisans to complete the exquisite hand-beading and embroidery. The textiles are very personal reflecting Pamela and Lydia’s research, experiences, travels and passions and the result is clothing that reflects the heart and mind of the designers and the hand of the maker. These are limited production investment pieces that often become treasured pieces in the wearer’s wardrobes.