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Donatella Barbieri

IMG_0014Donatella Barbieri is Senior Research Fellow in Design for Performance, at London College of Fashion and at the Victoria and Albert Museum. As costume-based scenographer and scholar, Donatella has taught extensively, lectured publicly, presented at international conferences, curated exhibitions, convened research events and is a published author. Performance-making and her practice of designing performance out of costume are her focus, as is the fascination with the costumed body and its infinite potential to articulate and embody the human condition.

As well as curating ‘Costume in Action’, other projects include ‘Old into New’ performance-as-research project, ‘Encounters in the Archive’, film-based investigation of costume and the archive, ‘Costume in Performance’, to be published by Berg with the V&A, and ‘Studies in Costume and Performance’, new peer reviewed research journal.

In 2013 her recent and forthcoming publications included ‘Reflections on Costume’, V&A On-line Journal and ‘Costume Re-Considered’ in ‘Endyesthai (to dress), historical, sociological and methodological approaches’, ‘Performativity and the historical body: detecting performance through the archived costume’ in Studies in Theatre and Performance (September 2013) and, with Greer Crawley, ‘Dress, Time and Space: Expanding the Field Through Exhibition Making’ in The Fashion Studies Handbook, Bloomsbury (October 2013).

2013 was her first opportunity to contribute to World Stage Design.  Donatella has been present at Prague Quadrennial through her own practice, pedagogy and research, since 1999. In 2006 she founded the MA Costume Design for Performance at LCF, where she continues to teach while also supervising at PhD level.