Associate Professor of Fashion
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's "Distinguished Teaching Award" and the School's "Faculty Award."
He has taught and lectured for Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Donghua University in Shanghai, The University of Palermo (UP) in Buenos Aires, The Spero Villioti School in South Africa, and many more. He has created college- and pre-college programs and courses for Parsons and other international institutions, and has served as a consultant for RISD, Pratt Institute, Otis College of Art and Design, VCU, and Marist College. In 2012 he co-founded 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 in academic journals and serving as a consultant for five publishing houses.
Areas of scholarship and research include art and design education, pedagogy, and student development.
EdM Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
MSEd Bank Street College of Education
BFA Parsons School of Design, Fashion Design
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.
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.
Faerm, S. (2018). Contemplative pedagogy in the college classroom: Theory, research, and practice for holistic student development. Cuaderno. 78, 159-182.
Palomo-Lovinski, N. & Faerm, S. (2018). Changing rules of the game: Sustainable product service systems and manufacturing in the fashion industry. Cuaderno, 78, 213-226.
Faerm, S. (2018). What's its worth?: The emotional value of design and its impact on design education. International Journal of Education and Human Development, 4(2), 32-37.
Faerm, S. (2016). Developing new value in design: Not 'what' but 'how'. Cuaderno, 64, 207-224.
Werner, T. & Faerm, S. (2016). The utilization of commercial media to engage and positively impact communities. Cuaderno, 64, 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.
Faerm, S. (2018). A world in flux. Cuaderno. (in print)
Faerm, S. (2017). Ten big ideas for the entering class: What really matters in design school. The Impression.
Faerm, S. (2016). Stress-level tilt: 5 effective ways to prevent it. The Impression.
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.
Faerm, S. (2015). Moving from 'what' to 'how' in design industry and education. The Impression.
Faerm, S. (2015). Interpreting 21st century design thinking: Extreme new worlds. In F. Knop (Ed.), Cuaderno, 53, 147-152.
Faerm, S. (2014). Dodging the higher ed. crisis: College tuition, student loans, and how course hybridization can help. M / I / S / C / Magazine.
Faerm, S. (2013). A more responsive and responsible design education. M / I / S / C / Magazine.
Faerm, S. (2013). Why art and design higher education needs advanced pedagogy. M / I / S / C / Magazine.
Faerm, S. (2013). Finding aesthetic inspiration in a commodity driven world. M / I / S / C / Magazine.
Faerm, S. (2013). Foreword. In F. Knop (Ed.), Cuaderno, 48, 107-111.
pedagogy, design education, student development, fashion design, fashion industry, adult development, design theory, education, education entrepreneurship
Latin American Congress on Teaching Design, Guest of Honor (2015 and 2017)
Latin American Meeting of Design, Guest of Honor (2013)
The Faculty Award (2011)
The University Distinguished Teaching Award (2008)
Designer of the Year Nominee (1994)
Design Studio 1
Fashion and the Narrative