This outfit designed by Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson in 2000 illustrates their romantic, evocative style and independent, experimental approach to fashion. Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson of Brisbane-based label Easton Pearson turned their long term friendship into a design partnership in 1989 after deciding they 'wanted to create clothes with soul, and 'bring all we love in life into our work.'
Using predominantly natural fibres they are best known for creating evocative otherworldly collections of richly romantic clothes featuring beautifully embroidered, beaded and hand-crafted fabrics. 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. All garments are then manufactured in their workrooms in Brisbane.
Pamela Easton originally worked in the fashion buying industry in Brisbane before moving to Melbourne to work with Sportsgirl Australia and David Lawrence. Lydia Pearson completed an arts degree in Brisbane and tentatively began to produce a fashion range (teaching herself pattern making) after a dress she designed and wore to a party was taken up by a boutique owner who suggested she do a range. Easton returned from Melbourne, tired of the world of corporate fashion but keen to set up a smaller fashion business. She 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, theatre and books. They are currently selling through major Australian and international boutiques.
Glynis Jones 2009