• Steven Faerm

    Associate Professor of Fashion

    Associate Professor of Fashion

    Office Location:

    Sheila Johnson Design Center


    Steven Faerm is an Associate Professor of Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design (Program Director, BFA Fashion Design, 2007-2011).  A Parsons alumnus (94') and Designer of the Year Nominee, he began teaching in 1998 while working for such designers as Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan. He has been recognized for his teaching by winning "The University Distinguished Teaching Award" and The BFA Fashion Design Program's "Teaching Excellence Award."

    Steven has created college- and pre-college programs and courses for Parsons and other international institutions, and has served as a consultant for Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, and Otis College of Art and Design.  He has taught and lectured for such institutions as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Brown University, Donghua University in Shanghai, The University of Palermo (UP) in Buenos Aires, and The Spero Villioti School in South Africa.  Since 2012, he has co-produced an annual academic journal dedicated to fashion education with UP.

    His publications include two books that are featured on international college-level required reading lists and available in seven languages:  Fashion Design Course: Principles Practices, and Techniques (2010) and Creating a Successful Fashion Collection: Everything You Need to Develop a Great Line and Portfolio (2012).  He is currently writing a third book about fashion design education and pedagogy, while continuing to produce papers for academic journals and serving as a consultant for three publishing houses.

    Areas of scholarship and research included the future of fashion design education, pedagogy, and student development.


    Degrees Held:

    EdM     Harvard University Graduate School of Education

    MSEd   Bank Street College of Education

    BFA      Parsons School of Design

    Recent Publications:


    Faerm, S.  (2012). Creating a successful fashion collection: Everything you need to develop a great line and portfolio.  New York:  Barron's Educational Series Inc; London:  A & C Black Publishers, Ltd.

    Faerm, S.  (2010). Fashion design course: Principles, practice, and techniques: The Practical Guide for Aspiring Fashion Designers.  New York: Barron’s Educational Series Inc.; London: Thames and Hudson.

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

    Palomo-Lovinski, N. & Faerm, S. (2014). Shifting ideas of time and place in fashion. Shapeshifting: A Conference on Transformative Paradigms of Fashion and Textile Design.

    Faerm, S. (2014)Building best practices for fashion design pedagogy:  Meaning, preparation, and impact. Cuaderno, 53, 189-213. 

    Fry, A. & Faerm, S. (2014).  Post-recession consumerism in the U.S.: The influence of cheap and chic consumer products on perceptions of Income Inequality.  Cuaderno, 53, 169-188.

    Faerm, S.  (2013). From classroom to design room:  The transitional experience of the fashion design graduate. Cuaderno, 48, 129-152.  Buenos Aires, Argentina: The University of Palermo.

    Fry, A., Arakji, R., & Faerm, S. (2013). Achieving the new graduate dream: Building sustainable business success at a small scale.  Cuaderno, 48,153-175. Buenos Aires, Argentina: The University of Palermo.

    Faerm, S.  (2012). Towards a future pedagogy:  The evolution of fashion design education.  International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2 (23), 210-219.

    Palomo-Lovinski, N. & Faerm, S.  (2009). What is good design?:  The shifts in fashion education of the 21st Century.  Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 3 (6), 89-98.

    Non-Peer-Reviewed Articles

    Faerm, S. (2014). A Dodging The Higher Ed. Crisis: College Tuition, Student Loans, and How Course Hybridization Can Help.  M / I / S / C / Magazine Online.

    Faerm, S. (2013). A More Responsive and Responsible Design Education. M / I / S / C / Magazine Online.

    Faerm, S. (2013). Why Art and Design Higher Education Needs Advanced Pedagogy. M / I / S / C / Magazine Online.

    Faerm, S. (2013). Foreword. In Fitzgerald, T. & Taylor, A., 1,000 Dresses: The Fashion Design Resource.  New York: Barron’s Educational Series Inc.

    Faerm, S. (2013). Finding Aesthetic Inspiration in a Commodity Driven World. M / I / S / C / Magazine.

    Faerm, S. (2013). Foreword. In F. Knop (Ed.), Journal of the Center for Studies in Design and Communications: Multidisciplinary Approaches on the Fashion System, 48, 107-111. Buenos Aires: University of Palermo.

    Faerm, S. (2009). Foreword. In Grandon, A. & Fitzgerald, T., 200 Projects to Get You Into Fashion Design. New York: Barron’s Educational Series Inc.; London: A & C Black Publishers, Ltd.

    Research Interests:

    pedagogy, design education, student development, fashion design, fashion industry, young adult development, fashion theory, education, international educational entrepreneurship

    Awards and Honors:

    The Faculty Award  (2011)

    The University Distinguished Teaching Award (2008)                                                    

    Designer of the Year Nominee (1994)