Splash Biography



STEVEN FAERM, Associate Professor, Parsons School of Design




Major: MIT Splash teacher since 2015

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: 2015

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

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 winning the University's "Distinguished Teaching Award" and the School’s "Teaching Excellence Award."

Steven has taught and lectured for Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia University, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Virginia Commonwealth University, Polimoda Florence, Donghua University Shanghai, The University of Palermo (UP) Buenos Aires, The Spero Villioti School South Africa, and many more. He has created college- and pre-college programs and courses for Parsons and other leading international institutions, and has served on academic advisory boards for RISD, Pratt Institute, Virginia Commonwealth Institute (VCU), Otis College of Art and Design, and Marist College. In 2012 he co-founded an academic journal dedicated to design education between Parsons and UP.

Steven’s areas of scholarship and research include college student development, teaching and learning, and the future of art and design education. His work examines students’ transitional experiences, effective teaching practices, and the connections between emotional and cognitive development in young adults. 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 education and pedagogy that will be released in 2022-2023.



Past Classes

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A350: Designing the Design Narrative in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
Ever wonder how fashion designers create their exciting, narrative-rich collections? This lecture examines how designers research inspiration, develop innovative design methods, and create powerful statements through clothing. First, we will examine design fundamentals such as color theory, motif, and visual narrative. We will then analyze professional and student work that apply these methods in different ways. The lecture culminates in a full analysis of an Alexander McQueen show that employs all the topics discussed. You will leave the presentation with a better understanding of the complex fashion design process and how designers work! This lecture is for anyone considering a career in art and design; its content can be applied to all areas of art and design. Presented by Steven Faerm, Associate Professor, Parsons School of Design.