Costume and Research in Finland

Costume and Research in Finland is the main platform for presenting research on costume and related fields in Finland and for meeting researchers interested in similar topics. This national-level research seminar brings together a multidisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners based in Finland, and offers peer-support for all doctoral candidates, early career researchers and academics conducting research in the field of costume or in related artistic fields involving dress and performance in a broader sense at the intersection of fashion and textiles with theatre, film and media.

Costume in Focus‘ primary goal is to continue supporting and promoting costume research as a visible and dynamically developing academic research field, together with connecting the research community for the field of costume design on a national and international level.

The aim of Costume and Research in Finland is to offer a forum for dialogue and exchange of ideas in the field, open for all researchers based in Finland who examine costume or related areas of study, by:

  • presenting current and ongoing research work in the field of costume;
  • mapping the persons involved in costume research nationally and establishing a firm networking practice for costume researchers in Finland;
  • offering critical feedback by international and distinguished peers; including
  • the Aalto ARTSĀ“ Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) Peter McNeil;
  • creating the foundations for future research collaborations.


Costume and Research in Finland, 2018

Following three successful events in 2014, 2016 and 2017, Costume and Research in Finland is organized for the fourth time by the Costume in Focus research group as part of the Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) research project Costume Methodologies led by Professor Sofia Pantouvaki.

We welcome proposals for 15-20 min presentations on the subject of costume or on the intersection of costume with other fields, exploring diverse approaches to costume design, e.g. historical, cultural, sociological, methodological, educational, practice-based and theoretical perspectives.

Please send your proposal, including your name and affiliation, a title, a 200- word abstract/summary and a 50-word biography to MA Alexandra Ovtchinnikova, email: By sending your proposal, you also register to the event.

Deadline for the submission of proposals: 20 February 2018.

Coffee and lunch will be offered to all participants. There is no fee for attendance. Please let us know if you are vegan, vegetarian or if you have any allergies. We will try to accommodate to your needs as much as possible.
The event is also open for attendance to MA students and graduates with a demonstrated interest in doctoral studies in Costume Design and related fields, or more broadly interested in researching costume. Anyone interested in participating, please send your proposed subject in the aforementioned format.