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Sofia Pantouvaki

Dr. Sofia Pantouvaki is Professor of Costume Design at the Department of Film, TV & Scenography, Aalto University, Finland. She has studied Scenography (MA and PhD) at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, UAL, and specialised in design for opera and ballet at La Scala, Milan.

Sofia has worked as a freelance scenographer in theatre, opera and ballet; her personal design credits include over 60 productions in Greece, Italy, UK, Cyprus and Finland (Greek National Opera, State Theatre of Northern Greece, Athens Festival, municipal theatres, dance and theatre groups), and collaborations with Megaron-Athens Concert Hall, Cairo Opera House, Athens and Epidaurus Festivals and La Scala. Awarded for best production design and best costumes at the Short Film International Festival of the city of Drama (2005); curator and designer of frequent exhibitions. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Costume Society, an active member of the OISTAT Costume Working Group, and a member of the Global Editorial Board for Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty and Style.

A Post-doctoral Research Fellow of the Greek State Scholarship Foundation in Costume Design (2010-2011), and guest lecturer at several European universities, she has co-authored History of Dress – The Western World and Greece from Prehistoric Times until the Renaissance (2010), and edited Yannis Metsis – Athens Experimental Ballet (2011). Sofia has talked and published internationally on scenography and costume. Her recent research includes methods and processes in performance costume, and clothing in the concentration camps of World War Two.