• Steven Faerm

    Associate Professor of Fashion

    Office Location:

    Sheila Johnson Design Center


    Steven Faerm is an Associate Professor of Fashion at Parsons School of Design (Undergraduate Program Director, Fashion Design, 2007-2011).  A Parsons alumnus ('94) and Designer of the Year Nominee, he began teaching in 1998 while working for designers Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Kenneth Richard, and more. He has been recognized for his teaching by being awarded "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, Otis College of Art and Design, and Marist College. He has taught and lectured for such institutions as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Brown University, Virginia Commonwealth 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 academic journal dedicated to design education and practice with Parsons and 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  and Creating a Successful Fashion Collection: Everything You Need to Develop a Great Line and Portfolio.  He is currently writing a third book about design pedagogy, while publishing papers for academic journals and serving as a consultant for five publishing houses.

    Areas of scholarship and research includes the future of art and design education, pedagogy, and college student development.


    Degrees Held:

    EdM     Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

    MSEd   Bank Street College of Education

    BFA      Parsons School of Design, Fashion 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.  (1st ed. 2010, 2nd ed. 2017). Fashion design course: Principles, practice, and techniques.  New York: Barron’s Educational Series Inc.; London: Thames and Hudson.

    Book Forewords and Chapters

    Faerm, S. (2017). The shifting role of the fashion designer. In K. Vaidya (Ed.) Fashion design for the curious: Why study fashion design? Perth: The Curious Academic Publishing, The University of Western Australia.

    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. (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.

    Refereed Journal Articles

    Faerm, S. (2016). Developing new value in design: Not 'what' but 'how'. Cuaderno, 64, 207-224. 

    Werner, T. & Faerm, S. (2106). The utilization of commercial media to engage and positively impact communities. Cuaderno, 63, 277-294. 

    Faerm, S. (2015). Building best practices for fashion design pedagogy:  Meaning, preparation, and impact. Cuaderno, 53, 189-213.

    Fry, A. & Faerm, S. (2015). Post-recession consumerism in the U.S.: The influence of cheap and chic consumer products on perceptions of income inequality. Cuaderno, 53, 169-188.

    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.  (2013). From classroom to design room:  The transitional experience of the fashion design graduate. Cuaderno, 48, 129-152. 

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

    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.

    Additional Publications

    Faerm, S. (2017). Ten big ideas for the entering class: What really matters in design school. The Impression Online.

    Faerm, S. (2016).  Stress-level tilt: 5 effective ways to prevent it.  The Impression Onlline.

    Faerm, S. (2016). Emerging theories of value and commodity in design education and professional practice. In F. Knop (Ed.), Cuaderno, 64, 169-174.

    Faerm, S. (2015). Year one, design school: Ups, downs, and all arounds. The Impression Online. 

    Faerm, S. (2015). Moving from 'what' to 'how' in design industry and education. The Impression Online.

    Faerm, S. (2015). Interpreting 21st century design thinking: Extreme new worlds.  In F. Knop (Ed.), Cuaderno, 53, 147-152.

    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, adult development, design theory, education, international educational entrepreneurship

    Awards And Honors:

    Latin American Congress of Design Education, Guest of Honor (2013, 2015, 2017)

    The Faculty Award  (2011)

    The University Distinguished Teaching Award (2008)                                                    

    Designer of the Year Nominee (1994)