Dr. Sofia Pantouvaki is Professor of Costume Design at the Department of Film, TV & Scenography, Aalto University, Finland. She has studied Scenography (MA, 1997; PhD, 2008) at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, UAL, and specialised in design for opera and ballet at La Scala, Milan (1996). She has worked as a freelance set and costume designer in theatre, opera, musical theatre, contemporary dance and ballet as well as in films and commercials. Her personal design credits include over 80 productions in Europe (Greece, Italy, UK, Finland, Cyprus) for major institutions such as Greek National Opera, the State Theatre of Northern Greece, Athens Festival, Music Centre Helsinki, many Greek Municipal and Regional theatres, dance and theatre groups. She has also collaborated as set/costume supervisor and revival designer with the National Theatre of Greece, Megaron-Athens Concert Hall, Cairo Opera House, Athens Festival and Epidaurus Festival and La Scala, Milan. She has been awarded for Best Production Design and Best Costumes at the Short Film International Festival of the city of Drama (2005). In addition, she has curated and designed frequent exhibition projects.
Professor Pantouvaki is Vice-Head for Research, OISTAT Costume Design Group and Editor for Studies in Costume and Performance (Intellect, 2016). She is Co-Convenor of the Scenography Working Group of IFTR/FIRT; member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Costume Society; member of the Global Editorial Board for Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty and Style; member of the International Advisory Board of Scene; Project Leader of Performance: Visual Aspects of Performance Practice; and an active member of the ICOM Costume Committee. She was Costume Curator for World Stage Design 2013 and Associate Curator for Costume in Action (WSD 2013). She also co-curated the Finnish Student exhibit, winner of the Gold Medal PQ 2015 for the Best Exposition in the Student Section.
She has been a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Costume Design with the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (2010-2011). She has taught at the Technological Educational Institution of Athens (2001-2012), the University of Peloponnese (2006-2012) and Harokopion University (2008-2012), as well as at numerous universities in Europe, Northern and Latin America, Australia and Asia.
Co-author of History of Dress – The Western World and Greece (2010, with E. Georgitsoyanni), editor of Yannis Metsis – Athens Experimental Ballet (2011) and co-editor of Presence and Absence: The Performing Body (2014, with A. Anderson) and Dress and Politics /Endymatologika 5 (2015, with E. Petridou).
Dr. Pantouvaki has founded Costume in Focus, the first research group on performance costume, currently based at Aalto University, and leads a 1.2M€ research project on Costume Methodologies funded by the Academy of Finland. Her recent research focuses on the theory and practice of performance costume, costume curation, and clothing in the concentration camps of World War Two.