Simply Inspired... by Easton Pearson

Pays Dress

My trip home to Brisbane last week delivered an unexpected bonus in the form of an exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) of the work of the prolific local label Easton Pearson. I did refer to it over the weekend as a retrospective, but I've noticed on the promo material since that it is being called a "survey". An important distinction to make, I think, seeing it would indicate the ladies behind the label - Lydia and Pamela (even their first names go so well together don't they?) - have plenty more left in the tank.

In the opening of the curator's essay, Miranda Wallace sums up not only the exhibition for me, but also the secret behind many of the labels and designers I love.
"Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson are purveyors of more than beautifully designed and crafted clothes for women: an Easton Pearson garment promises something beyond the everyday experience of dressing."

While I normally steer clear of anything too embellished, particularly if any sparkles are involved, their genius lies in their ability to still make each piece look so simple and effortless.

The image pictured at top is from the "Artistic Resources" section of the exhibition, which was certainy my favourite. While this section was the most overt in displaying the heavy artistic influences in their designs, viewing so much of their work over the span of their careers reinforced that art and creative inspiration plays a much stronger role than following the trends of the day. It was also quite breathtaking to realise the depth of detail involved in so many of their finishes and inspiring to read the stories behind the artisans involved in their making.

I could gush on and on, but pictures do the best talking. Here's a few of my favourite pieces, firstly taken on my camera and then from the GOMA website.

Beville Smock
I have fallen hard for yellow again

Raffia Top
This reminded me a little of the food challenge in this year's Project Runway Australia!

Pixo Dress
Love the 60s kitsch chic done with class - shape and black lady print

Lookout Track Kaftan (via GOMA website)
A kaftan? With sequins? And I still love it?

Aguada Dress (via GOMA website)

One of the pieces that caught my eye initially due to colour turned out to intrigue me for another reason.

The "Eleme Bolero" pictured above is made entirely from rosettes or "yoyos". Design*Sponge recently featured a post about yoyo craft and I had tucked it away in my little inspiration file for future fabric jewellery pieces or feature panels on dresses for little girls. Looks like Pamela and Lydia had a similar inspiration of their own. After visiting the exhibition I checked out their website to have a peek at their latest collection and was greeted with lots of yoyo,

Scarves (great rainy day project or present idea)

Brooches (not sure if they are attached or removable?)


and WHOLE DRESSES - love love love!
(If only I had the legs to be able to wear it like this)

I'm definitely now simply inspired to have a play with yoyos myself, and certainly simply scheming for a way to justify buying an EP yoyo dress.

Simply Yours,


The Likkle Girl Who Wurves Pwetty Things said...

I use "yo-yos" to make The Empress Dowager's New Jewels but I didn't know they were called that until recently. Haha.

I know them as "jiap poh". It means "join cloth" in Teochew, the Chinese dialect that my grandma, who taught me how to do it when I was a little girl, speaks.

Been wanting to do more with them besides the necklaces but just haven't had time to explore.

Saw the easton Pearson scarf in their shop window a few months ago - cuteness!!! x

Simply Phoebe said...

I like jiap poh as a name more than yo-yo! How cool too that you are using an art passed on from your grandma. I bet she would be very proud.

My grandma was telling me she used to use the method I use to make my necklaces to make dress straps. But instead of using the special sewing tool I have she would have to turn them out by wiggling a safety pin through - much harder work!