Sofia Pantouvaki is Editor of the academic journal Studies in Costume and Performance (Intellect).


She is also Editorial Board Member for Theatre and Performance Design and dObra[s]; member of the International Advisory Board of Scene; of the Editorial Team for Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença and was a member of the Global Editorial Board for Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty and Style (2011-2016).

In 2013, Sofia founded Costume in Focus (CiF), the first research group on performance costume, currently based at Aalto University.

Sofia is a Founding Convenor and Chair of the international research platform Critical Costume. Critical Costume is an international platform to promote research and practice on the interdisciplinary study of costume.

She is also Vice-Head for Research, OISTAT Performance Design Commission/Costume Sub-Commission; a founding member and currently Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Costume Society; Co-Convenor for the IFTR Scenography Working Group; and an active member of the ICOM Costume Committee. She conceived and led Performance: Visual Aspects of Performance Practice (Inter-Disciplinary.Net, 2010-2015).

Pantouvaki, Sofia and Peter McNeil (eds.) (forthcoming). Performance Costume: New Perspectives. London/New York, Bloomsbury.

Pantouvaki, Sofia and Sodja Lotker (eds.) (2017). The Tribes – A Walking Exhibition. Prague: Arts and Theatre Institute / Prague Quadrennial.

Pantouvaki, Sofia (ed.) (2015). Critical Costume 2015: New Costume Practices and Performances. Helsinki: Aalto University Publications Series, ART+DESIGN+ARCHITECTURE 4/2015.

Anderson, Adele and Pantouvaki, Sofia (eds.) (2014). Presence and Absence – The Performing Body. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

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Aalto University Researcher database and

  • Costume Agency

Research Partner, Costume Agency, artistic research project funded by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. Led by Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) in collaboration with the Prague Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) (Project manager: Professor Christina Lindgren). This project researches the agency of costume in performance and how costume can generate or be a centre of gravitation in a performance.

  • In Between Materiality and Immateriality

Co-Investigator, research project In Between Materiality and Immateriality: Fashion in the Digital Age, funded and led by Southampton Solent University (PI Dr Flavia Loscialpo). The project explored the changes that inform how fashion and dress is communicated, exhibited, analysed and performed within the hypermodern era.