The 2010 invites the Academia side of fashion - Design Professors from Fashion Institutions - to the conference to discuss how the element of creativity is introduced into classrooms in fashion design courses both in United States and abroad.

Steven Faerm - Board officer member of the Arts of Fashion Foundation - as the mediator for a round table discussion he organized this year with the speakers 2010. From left to right Steven Faerm, Donna Gustavsen, Sara Koslowsky and Jennifer Minniti.Thanks to all of them.

Steven Faerm is the Director of the BFA Fashion Design Program at Parsons The New School for Design. As Director, he oversees the academic mission of the program and all curriculum planning. Steven is also a member of The Arts of Fashion Organization where he co-coordinates the "" lecture series that allows educators and professional designers to come together and discuss fashion design education. He currently serves as an academic content advisor for Lawrence King Publishing Ltd. and Quarto Publishing.
A Parsons alumnus (‘94), he was nominated for the prestigious’ Designer of the Year Award¹ during his final year and went on to work for such designers as Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan. Steven began teaching in 1998 and has created programs for both college and pre-college levels at Parsons and for various other international schools. He was awarded The New School's‘University Teaching Excellence Award¹ in 2008.
His co-authored paper "What is Good Fashion Design?” The Shift in Fashion Education of the 21st Century" was presented atthe Third International Conference On Design Principles And Practices held at the University of the Arts, Berlin, and was published in Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal.
Steven is the author of ‘The Fashion Design Course Book’ (Barron¹s Educational Series, 2010; Thames and Hudson, 2010). He is currently writing his second book that will discuss the graduate thesis collection and final year portfolio to be released in 2011.

Teaching - A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in apparel design, Donna Gustavsen has been teaching in the Apparel Design Dept. at RISD for twelve years as a full-time faculty member. Ms. Gustavsen was Department Head of RISD’s Apparel Design Dept. for the past four years. During her tenure as department head, she worked to expand student internship and job opportunities with diverse companies and design studios in New York, the west coast, and Europe, as well as to develop partnerships with fashion resources such as ELLE Magazine, The Italian Trade Commission, The GAP, JC Penney and Abercrombie & Fitch.
Professional Design Work - Ms. Gustavsen has worked as an apparel designer for over twenty-five years. Initially starting her career in bridal design, she has designed children’s wear, women’s sportswear and dresses. One of her major areas of interest has been functional apparel, designing active sportswear, technical outerwear and developing new fabric innovations and extreme weather protective clothing. Contoured biking clothing and technical ski knitwear were also among her design projects. Committed to using her design skills and experience for social benefit, her latest focus has been in soft medical products. She designed an athletic mask for cold induced asthmatics and a sling/shirt design for shoulder injuries requiring immobilization.
Future projects include research and design of new hospital gown concepts and protocol-specific garments.

Sara has been teaching Graduate and Undergraduate fashion concepts specializing in collection development and sustainable themes since 2004 in Shanghai and San Francisco. She is the designer/owner of CAKE, NY.
Teaching/Curriculum: - Academy of Art University, School of Fashion, 2006-Present - LaSalle DHU, Shanghai, Design Coordinator/ Senior Lecturer Concept Development, BA Honours Degree validated by Northumbria University 2004-2006

Education: - CCA, SF CA, MBA Design Strategy, 2010/ - Parsons School of Design, NY, Fashion Design, 1993/ (Anna Sui Awards).

Jennifer experiences fashion as running cultural commentary, analysis, and conversation. Both hallmark and bellwether of consumer culture, fashion informs and appropriates contemporary art and design. As a practicing designer, educator and consultant, she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes across a broad spectrum encompassing fashion history and contemporary fashion theory and design. She has experience building institutional fashion programs, from curriculum review and development to faculty appointments.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design from Philadelphia University and a Masters Degree in Costume Studies from New York University. She worked as a designer for Donna Karan in Manhattan and recently helped launch the sustainable Clothespin collection. Her curatorial work has included appointments as a research consultant in ethnographic textiles and modern fashion at the DeYoung Museum and as a curatorial consultant to the Wattis Institute, both in San Francisco. She was assistant chair of Fashion at California College of the Arts, where she also served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Design Studies. Recent teaching appointments have included visiting professorships in Fashion at CEDIM University in Monterrey, Mexico and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Arts of Fashion Foundation is a San Francisco-based 501(c)(3), public, non-profit organization, linking both academics and professionals alike and is dedicated in fostering international cultural exchange through the creation of a variety of educational programs meant to facilitate critical thinking and advance the field of fashion among artists, designers, scholars and students.The primary focus of the foundation is the continuous support of creativity and design process in fashion and the arts linked to it.