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Maarit Kalmakurki (MA) is a scenographer and has studied Fashion Design (BA Hons) at the University of Central England, and Costume Design (MA) at Aalto University, Finland, where she currently is a doctoral candidate. Since 2004, Maarit has designed costumes and sets for various Finnish theatre, opera and film productions. She has been teaching scenography, arts, fashion and history regularly internationally. In 2013, Maarit was a visiting scholar at the University of Connecticut, working with Emeritus Professor Laura Crow in creating a Virtual Costume Museum and a historical costume database. She has co-curated historical dress exhibitions in the US and conducted independent art pieces to exhibitions in Finland.
Maarit’s research interests range from stage and film costume history, dress history and technological achievements combined to design process’. Her doctoral dissertation investigates the costume design process and digitalization in 3D-animated films. She an active member of Costume in Focus Research Group and she is a member of Teats, OISTAT Costume Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) and Society for Animation Studies.