Time and place: Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 9:15 – 18:00

Aalto University, Otaniemi campus, Espoo

Väre building, Otaniementie 14, room F101

(Metro station: Aalto University, exit : Otaniementie)


Costume and Research in Finland is the main platform for presenting research on costume and related fields and for meeting local researchers interested in this area. This national-level research seminar brings together a multidisciplinary group of practitioners and researchers based in Finland. It 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.

Performing Dress Lab is an International Research Study Laboratory that has evolved in partnership with University of the Arts London (UAL), Aalto University, Finland and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia, who collectively inform a specialist platform for Research and Knowledge Exchange between Academia and Industry. The Lab provides a platform to convene, debate and develop existing and future research studies and activities on the ‘dressed’ body in performance in its varied forms of expression. It provides a platform to share, develop, and promote questions about the role of dress in performance, its relationship with body and space, the Scenographic Body.

Following five successful Costume and Research in Finland events at Aalto University since 2014, and a launch event by the Performing Dress Lab at London College of Fashion in 2018, this year the two platforms meet for a joint seminar organized by the Costume in Focus (CiF) research group.

The aim of this seminar is to connect the participants’ costume research communities on a national and international level and to develop further good practices of peer feedback and idea exchange by actively engaging designers and researchers. The event is open to researchers based within the Performing Dress Lab institutions and in Finland more broadly, working in costume practice and theory, or in related areas of study. It will offer a forum for dialogue in the field by:

  • inviting them to present current and ongoing research work in the field of costume;
  • offering constructive feedback with a positive critical approach by local and international peers;
  • maintaining a network of costume professionals, practitioners and researchers;
  • building a community with common interests, while also nurturing future research collaborations.

We welcome proposals for 15-20 min presentations on the subject of costume or on the intersection of costume and dress with other fields, exploring diverse approaches to costume/dress and performance, e.g. historical, cultural, sociological, methodological, educational, technological, 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:

Alexandra Ovtchinnikova

Jorge Sandoval

By sending your proposal, you also register to the event.

Deadline for the submission of proposals: 30 March 2020.

Coffee and snacks will be offered to all participants during coffee breaks. When registering to the event, please let us know if you are vegan, vegetarian or if you have any allergies. Lunch is at participants’ own cost, but there will be arrangement to use the university restaurant. There is no fee for attendance.

Attendance is open to all.

Anyone interested in attending the event without presenting, please write to the aforementioned email addresses.