Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon completion of the course, the students are able to:

- Identify basic concepts and theories related to costume and dress research.

- Critically reflect on issues about the theory and practice of costume design.

- Identify key methodological approaches for costume and dress, and select methods suitable to answer research questions related to the students’ interests or personal perspective.

- Recognise different ways and methods to collect data and search information from different sources, including archives, collections and individuals.

- Define and use terminology related to costume/dress studies as an academic discipline.

- Recognise and consider ethical aspects related to research in the field of costume.

- Argue on and present the findings of their individual research work in oral and written ways.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 02.03.2021 - 19.03.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Sofia Pantouvaki

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sofia Pantouvaki

Contact information for the course (valid 10.02.2021-21.12.2112):The course will not take place in spring 2021 because all students of the Costume Design major, for whom the course is compulsory, have already completed it and there is not the required sufficient min. number of attending students.

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    In this course the students are introduced to basic theoretical concepts related to research in the field of costume and dress, and to tools, methods and approaches for the development of a personal research-oriented enquiry. The course content varies each year to include theoretical approaches to costume and performance from the perspective of different scholars and artists. It may also include introductory sessions to research methods for costume and dress and to different perspectives in the study of costume; for example, material culture, collection-based research in archives and museums, visual analysis and semiotics, ethnographic approaches, oral history, and creative practice. The course includes lectures and presentations on special aspects of costume history, theory and practice and in related areas that expand the understanding of costume in inter-disciplinary ways. The students work in a subject of their choice in order to critically reflect on costume in live or mediated performance and to develop a personal research approach. The course includes student presentations and written essays.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course will not take place in spring 2021 because all students of the Costume Design major, for whom the course is compulsory, have already completed it and there is not the required sufficient min. number of attending students.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Students’ development during the course, motivation, attendance and active participation in discussions, independent work and completion of assignments

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching 40%, Independent work 60% of total workload


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Barbieri, Donatella, 2012b. Encounters in the Archive: Reflections on costume , V&A Online Journal, No. 4, Summer 2012. Available at:

    Kawamura, Y., 2011. Doing Research in Fashion and Dress: An Introduction to Qualitative Methods. Oxford & New York: Berg.

    Monks, Aoife, 2010. The Actor in Costume. Basingstoke, GB: Palgrave MacMillan.

    Pantouvaki, Sofia. Narratives of Clothing: Concentration Camp Dress as a Companion to Survival . International Journal of Fashion Studies, Issue 1 vol. 1, Intellect. ISSN: 20517106.

    Texts used in the course will be informed in advance to registered students if related to pre-assignments, and will be handed out during the contact sessions.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


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    5 Gender Equality