Societal and cultural history is becoming big business in Australia, helping us to unpick the meaning of culture or to trace the threads of our society. In 2012 in NSW ‘History Week‘, takes place between in Spring from the 8 – 16th September 2012. During that week there will be exhibitions and events all over the city and countryside, with a distinct focus on fashion and family that everyone seems to be co-operating to a degree about. Threads: The Muses – six designers, six muses and six stories. In the stunning vestibule of the Mitchell Library, which is part of the State Library of NSW, leading Australian fashion designers will exhibit original pieces, created using historical muses as inspiration. Their stories shine a light on the history of dress and fashion in Australia. How will Bennelong, the first Aboriginal diplomat who insisted on the highest standard of European dress, or Annette Kellerman, whose form-fitting attire shocked the world and led to a career in Hollywood, inspire today’s leading designers. How will old become new? This special event fuses the glamour of contemporary fashion with evocative images of the past. Attend the talk on Sunday 9 September 2012 from 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm in the Mitchell Vestibule, Mitchell Building, Adults $30, Members/Concessions $25 Click Here for Registration and Bookings. From Cold War Couture to Taking a Frock to Market, the Consumer Culture of American Vogue and the Swinging Sixties, History Week in Victoria takes place in October and is also packed full of interesting events, many seen through the lens of a modern camera from photographic plates to film and on to digital cameras in phones. Click Here and Read More about History Week.