Sofia Pantouvaki

Dr. Sofia Pantouvaki is a scenographer and Professor of Costume Design at Aalto University, Finland. Her background includes over 75 designs for theatre, film, opera and dance productions in Europe as well as numerous curatorial and exhibition design projects. Co-author, History of Dress - The Western World and Greece (2010); editor, Yannis Metsis - Athens Experimental Ballet (2011); co-editor, Presence and Absence: The Performing Body (2014). She is Project Leader of Performance: Visual Aspects of Performance Practice and Co-Editor, Studies in Costume and Performance (Intellect, 2016). Vice-Head for Research, OISTAT Costume Design Group; Costume Curator for World Stage Design 2013; Associate Curator, Costume in Action (WSD 2013). At Aalto University, Sofia founded Costume in Focus, the first research group on performance costume, and leads a 1.2M€ Academy of Finland project on Costume Methodologies (Principal Investigator, 2014-2018). Sofia has taught, lectured and published internationally. Her recent research focuses on insights and processes in performance costume, fashion and costume curation, the potential of new materials and embodied technologies in costume practice, and clothing in the concentration camps of the Second World War.