Costume Methodologies

About FiDiPro – the Finland Distinguished Professor Programme:

FiDiPro – the Finland Distinguished Professor Programme enables distinguished researchers, both international and expatriates to work and team up with the ‘best of the best’ in Finnish academic research. Led and financed by the Academy of Finland and Tekes, FiDiPro provides competitive grants to projects recruiting highly merited scientists, who are able to commit to long-term cooperation with a Finnish university or research institute. (For more info, see: FiDiPro – the Finland Distinguished Professor Programme at

FiDiPro Professor Peter McNeil, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Peter McNeil (b. 1966), Professor of Design History and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Technology Sydney, is a leading scholar in the fields of art and design history and fashion studies, and has a long record of publications on specific themes including fashion and fiction, and cultural history. His most recent book is Fashion Writing and Criticism (with Sanda Miller). He is currently completing a series of monographs: Luxury (with Giorgio Riello) and ‘Pretty Gentlemen’: The 18th Century Fashion World. He led a UTS Partner Grant with the Sydney Jewish Museum, Dressing Sydney – The Jewish Fashion Story (2012), and was an Investigator within Fashioning the Early Modern: Innovation and Creativity in Europe, 1500-1800, a one-million euro HERA funded project (2010-2013). His current research programme includes Partner Investigator in a Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant, ‘Luxury and the Manipulation of Desire: Historical Perspectives for Contemporary Debates’; and writer and consultant for Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Reigning Men – Men’s Fashion c. 1715 – 2015. He is editor and co-editor of nine works on fashion, including the best-selling Shoes: A History from Sandals to Sneakers (with G. Riello, Berg 2006; 2011); and the award winners: Critical and Primary Sources in Fashion (4 vols, Berg, 2009) and The Fashion History Reader (Routledge, with G. Riello, 2010). He is a regular critic, reviewer and co-curator of events, especially exhibitions, which have received considerable international attention.

Research Project brief

The main objective of the Costume Methodologies project is to establish a firm methodological strategy to investigate the creation, production and function of costume in all areas of the performing arts – theatre, opera, dance and other stage- or site-specific live performance – as well as in film, television and other camera- and media-based creative projects involving costume. The project includes collaboration with major national and international institutions and researchers related to costume in live performance or film. The results of the project – research guidelines, specific methodological tools, and future researcher training – will be peer-reviewed during international artistic and research events such as Critical Costume 2015 to be held at Aalto University in March 2015, and World Stage Design 2017.

Finnish host and university

Sofia Pantouvaki, PhD, Professor of Costume Design for Theatre and Film, Department of Film, Television and Scenography. Her scenography background includes over 70 designs for theatre, film, opera and dance productions in Europe. She is co-author of History of Dress – The Western World and Greece (2010) and co-editor of Presence and Absence: The Performing Body (2014); Project Leader for Performance: Visual Aspects of Performance Practice (Inter-Disciplinary.Net), International Curator for World Stage Design 2013, Associate Curator for Costume in Action and co-Editor of the first international peer-reviewed journal Studies in Costume and Performance (Intellect, 2016).

Professor Sofia Pantouvaki, Aalto University, tel. +358 50 599 2288,

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