Biography

Charlotte Østergaard is a danish costume-, textile- and fashiondesigner who over the last 23 years has worked as an independent artist. The main focus in all of Charlotte’s artistic work is a fascination for the body as a cultural and artistic expression.

Charlotte Østergaard is member of Danske Scenografer.  Charlotte has designed costumes more than 50 contemporary dance performances for numerous contemporary dance companies and independent choreographers in Denmark and abroad, several of which has revised theater awards. Charlotte has designes costumes for among others for Danish Dance Company, Black Box Dance Company, Åben Dans, Odsherred Theater, dadadans.dk, X-Act, Pantomimeteateret, Rambert Dance Company, Det Unge Dansekompagni, Skånes Dansteater, Den Kungelige Svenske Opera, Den Norske Kongelige Ballet and the Danish National School of Performing Arts and for the coreographers Kitt Johnson, Tim Rushton, Fotis Nicolau, Roberto Olivan, Edhem Jesenkovic, Selene Munoz, Camilla Stage, Marie Brolin-Tani, Kim Branndstrup, André Masquita, Helle Bach, Alessandro Sousa Pereira, Tina Tarpgaard og Martin Tulinius.

Charlotte Østergaard has received several grants from the Danish Art Foundation and has exhibited at juried national and international exhibitions.

From 1999-2014 Charlotte designed the collection Charlotte Østergaard Copenhagen (CØC). In the periode 2006-2014 the studio and store of CØC was in the center of Copenhagen. The collection consisted of thematic series grounded in the crafts tradition where series of products are continuously developed. The collection is presented in fashion.

Charlotte Østergaard is an experienced teacher in costume, fashion and textile formfixation techniques. In 2015 she was employed at the Danish National School of Performing Arts (DDSKS). At DDSKS Charlotte is currently developing an artistic research on the costume design process.

Full CV here

GRANTS and ARTISTIC RESEARCH
2018 artistic research funding from the Danish Cultural Ministry
2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010 artistic work grand from the Danish Art Foundation
2016-2017, 2013-2015 artistic research at the Danish National School of Performing Arts
2018, 1999 work grand from Nationalbankens Jubilæumsfond af 1968
1999 Kunsthåndværkerprisen af 1879, bronze Medal

REPRESENTED IN COLLECIONS
2013 Design Museum Denmark: unique pleated dress from the CØC collection
2010 National Gallery of Denmark: Wilhelm Freddie costume designs

ARTIICLES
2019 “In-between: a reflection on artistic research (in costume)”, Peripeti – journal of dramaturgical studies is published by Dramaturgi, Aarhus University in collaboration with Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Copenhagen and the Danish National School of Performing Arts.
2019 “Traces of Tissues at PQ: Interweaving costume design, somatic choreography and site” written in collaboration with Sally E Dean, The Society of British Theater Designers BLUE PAGES PUBLICATION                                                                                                                            2018 “Charlotte Østergaard, Proces og projektbevægelser i KUV – Uddrag af en samtale om researchpraksis”, KUV-netværkets årbog 2018, Elektronisk udgivelse 20.12.2018 – link    2018 artikel “MASK: Dialogue between an inside and an outside perspective of costume”, Studies in Costume & Performance Volume 3 Number 1 – link
2016, chapter “WØ608 – stedsspecifikke iscenesættelser” in the book  “Kunstens poetik – om refleksionsbegrebet i kunstnerisk udviklingsvirksomhed” edited by Anne Gry Haugland – link

ARTISTIC REASEARCH at The Danish National School of Performing Arts
2018 “In dialogue within materiality – about physicality in the costume design process
Dec. 2016 – Nov. 2017 “Textile techniques as a potential for Costume Design
April 2013 – Dec. 2015 “Stedsspecifikke iscenesættelser” (Site-specifik staging)

PERSENTATIONS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFRENCES 2018 “The PleatFarm” & “In Dialogue with Material”, Critical Costume, University of Surry, England —  2018 “Disconnect – Reconnect”; IFTR World Congress på Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts, Beograd, Serbien —  2018 ‘In Dialogue with Material’; Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures conference, Zagreb Universitet, Kroatien —  2017 ‘The PleatFarm’, Everything and everybody as material conference, Borås University, Sverige — 2017 ‘The PleatFarm’, Culture Costume and Dress conference, Birmingham City University, UK — 2016 ‘MASK’, Costume and Fashion in Context and Practice, University of Huddersfield, England  — 2015 ‘Inside Out’, Critical Costumes, Aalto University, Finland