For History Week 2012: Threads, the History Council of NSW invited ABSORB to create a film that showcases six outfits by Australian fashion designers each interpreting a chosen historical muse. The film weaves the idea of the characters’ contributions to the fabric of Australian history in a visual melange of models’ movements within the grand spaces of the State Library of NSW.
The notion of the muses living on through history is represented by paper as a symbolic prop throughout the film. Paper equates a number of meanings: foremost it relates to the library setting; paper is one of our oldest materials yet it is also very ephemeral and increasingly disappearing in the digital age. It is also a link to our past, and a way for our muses to connect regardless of the fact that they did not all exist in the same era.