the introduction ‘Unfolding my world’ HERE

Charlotte Østergaard is a Danish artist working between costume and textile. 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 performing artistic research on costume as PhD fellow at Malmö Theater Academy, Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University in Sweden.

Charlotte is member of Danske Scenografer and Billedkunstnernes Forbund.

Charlotte has designed costumes more than 65 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,, 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 has received several grants from the Danish Art Foundation and has an extensive exhibition practice. Charlotte’s artworks has been exhibited at curated exhibitions in Canada, China, Danmark, Germany, Norway, Russia, Ukraine and USA,  and her work is represented in the museum collection of Danish Designmuseum and The National Gallery of Denmark. In 2019 her costumes was presented at PQ2019 – the site specific festival at 14th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (Prague), ‘Innovative Costume of the 21st Century: The Next Generation’ (Moscow) and at the ‘The Biennale for Craft and Design’ (Copenhagen). At ‘The Biennale for Craft and Design’ her connecting-costume ‘AweAre’ was nominated for the biennale prize.

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 2011-2019 she was employed at the Danish National School of Performing Arts (DDSKS). At DDSKS Charlotte developed several an artistic research on costume.

Full CV here


2018 artistic research funding from the Danish Cultural Ministry

2022, 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


2013 Design Museum Denmark: unique pleated dress from the CØC collection

2010 National Gallery of Denmark: Wilhelm Freddie costume designs


2023 Listening through and with costume, Nordic Journal of Dance Volume 14(1), p. 90–99 – link

2022 Kostume-drevne performances – kostumers generative og performative potentialer, Årg. 19 (2022): Dansk teaters 300 år jubilæum, Peripeti – tidskrift for dramatiske studier, Institut for Kommunikation of Kultur, Århus Universitet.pp 40–55 – link

2019 Traces of Tissues at PQ: Interweaving costume design, somatic choreography and site co-written in with Sally E Dean, The Society of British Theater Designers BLUE PAGES PUBLICATION, pp. 16-17 – link                                                                                                                

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)


2022 Ethical dilemmas of listening through and with costume and Creating temporal and spatial connections through and with co-costumed entanglements, Critical Costume (online), Aalto University

2022 Listening through and with costume – a dialogical performance-making process, keynote speaker at NOFOD – nordic forum for dance research, The Danish National School of Performing Arts, Denmark.

2022 Co-costuming as an orientation towards spaces of in-betweenness – transformative co-wearing and co-locomoting encounters in between places and spaces, IFTR conference, Reykjavik University, Iceland.

2022 AweAre workshop at the Fourth Biennial PARSE research conference, Gothenburg University, Sweden

2020 The Fitting Room – Communities of practice and the ambiguity of touch’, Costume Agency/Critical Costume (online conference) 

2018 The PleatFarm” & “In Dialogue with Material”, Critical Costume, University of Surry, UK

2018 “Disconnect – Reconnect”; IFTR World Congress på Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Beograd University of Arts, Serbia

2018 ‘In Dialogue with Material; Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures conference, Zagreb Universitet, Kroatien  

2017The PleatFarm, Everything and everybody as material conference, Borås University, Sweden

2017 ‘The PleatFarm, Culture Costume and Dress conference, Birmingham City University, UK

2016 MASK, Costume and Fashion in Context and Practice, University of Huddersfield, Uk  

2015 Inside Out’, Critical Costumes, Aalto University, Finland