Graduate Students

Fatimah HakeemFatimah Hakeem
Graduate Student

Fatimah was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. She earned her BA degree in Clothing and Textile from Umm Al-Qura University (UQU), Saudi Arabia. After graduation, Fatimah started her professional career as a tailoring teacher and then as an instructor at the Higher Technological Institution, Clothes Production Department in Saudi Arabia. Subsequently, Fatimah became one of the faculty members of the Fashion Design Department at UQU. She worked as a teaching assistant for three years and taught many advanced courses. She gained a scholarship from the ministry of education in Saudi Arabia and moved to the United States for graduate school. She earned her MS degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising from California State University Northridge. Fatimah worked as intern for several fashion companies in the LA fashion district. She has fashion industry experience in designing, draping, styling, organizing events, and public relations. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising with a concentration in Apparel Design at LSU. Her research interests are sustainability, creativity, upcycling, and 3D texture techniques. Fatimah's goal is to effectively participate in the fashion industry, through her innovative academic works.

Hakib HasanNakib Hasan
Graduate Assistant

Md. Nakib-Ul Hasan is a PhD student in the department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising at LSU. His research interest is in the design and development of smart textiles, automation in textile manufacturing, and sustainable production & management. Mr. Hasan has completed his BS and MS in Textile Engineering from Dhaka University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh and from Bangladesh University of Textiles, Bangladesh, respectively. After graduation, he started his career as a dyeing executive in a vertically integrated textile and apparel industry in Bangladesh. However, he shifted his career to academia. He is an assistant professor in the department of textile engineering at Green University of Bangladesh, Bangladesh. He is a professional member of the Association of Textile Engineers and Technologists (ATET), Bangladesh.

Rakib HasanRakib Hasan
Graduate Assistant

Rakib completed his undergraduate in Textile Engineering from Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTex). He has a Master's graduate in Human & Consumer Science majoring in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising from Ohio University. Through his experience, he has gained knowledge in Textile product development, and Textile academic teaching. His research focuses on apparel merchandising, fashion product outsourcing, and consumer behavior. His long-term career goal is to become an expert in textile and apparel faculty and consultant. He would like to implement his academic knowledge and research experience in the Textile-Apparel industry to make a positive change.

Katherine FrostKatherine Frost
Graduate Assistant

Katherine “Katie” Frost is a Baton Rouge native with a lifelong interest in historical clothing. She began learning to sew at a young age and recently completed her undergraduate degree in Apparel Design at Louisiana State University in May 2018. She is now continuing her LSU education and pursuing her Master’s degree with a concentration in Apparel Design and Costume History.

Lauren LaporteLauren Laporte
Graduate Assistant

Lauren is a Louisiana native graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2016 with a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences and a concentration in Fashion Merchandising. During the process of her undergraduate degree, she worked in the Fashion District of Los Angeles as an intern stylist. Upon graduating, Lauren has worked in numerous retail storefronts and in July of 2018 began her online thrifted textile personal business, Shadefreak. Shortly after, to find more career fulfillment, Lauren began teaching English in Chonburi, Thailand. This is when she decided on teaching as a career path. Currently, Lauren is a Graduate Student in the TAM Master's Program with the goal to one day become a University Instructor in her area of expertise. Lauren's research interests include textile sustainability and upcycling. 

Hannah LandryHannah Landry
Graduate Student

Originally from the small town of Pierre Part, Louisiana, She received her bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2017. Her research interest includes consumer behavior, as well as branding and brand extension. She is currently working towards her Masters degree in Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising from LSU.

Jeremy BernadoniJeremy Bernardoni
Graduate Student

Jeremy is a Ph.D. candidate in Costume History.  His Current research interests are in aesthetics, beauty, taste and tastelessness.  Jeremy earned a B.A. in French and a M.F.A in Costume Design from the University of Oklahoma.  He also earned a Specialization in Draping, Patternmaking and Fashion Design from the Chambre Syndicale de Haute Couture in Paris, France.  He is a former U.S. Naval officer as well as a former professional ballet dancer who performed and toured with L’Opéra Municipale de Clermont-Ferrand, France, and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, NY. He is a current member of International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), Costume Society of America (CSA), American Society for Aesthetics (ASA), United State Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and the Association of Dress Historians (ADH).

Divya DesaiDivia Desai
Graduate Assistant

Divya Desai is a doctoral student specializing in sustainable design. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce specializing in the field of Marketing and Accounts from Bangalore University. Later she pursued MBA in Marketing from Pondicherry University and Post Graduate Diploma in Finance from Jain University. She worked as a Marketing Manager for a while and then got into an apparel export business venture with her friend and partner in India. Her love for designing motivated her to pursue further studies in the field of fashion to gain the required practical knowledge. She graduated from Illinois State University majoring in Apparel Design-Merchandise where she worked as a graduate assistant and won fashion shows during her academic years. Post-graduation, Divya worked in New York as an Assistant Designer where she learned more creative and technical skills to gain industry experience. Her current research interest lies in zero-waste pattern making, upcycling and fashion history.

Alex ForestierAlexandra Forestier
Graduate Assistant

Alexandra earned her B.S. in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising from Louisiana State University in 2017, concentrating in Apparel Design. Upon graduation, she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to pursue a career in the Film and Television industry. As Operations Manager for Southern Costume Company, Alexandra styled and pulled costumes for music videos, photo shoots, television shows, and movies. She also designed the new Color Guard uniforms for the Golden Band from Tigerland at Southern Costume Company, in association with her mentor, LSU alumni, Suzanne Perron St. Paul. While working on these projects, she realized her passion for instructing and informing others on historical fashion and her passion for historical costume research. Alexandra is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Apparel Design with a concentration in Historic Costume. As a Baton Rouge native, she is interested in Louisiana historical fashion and hopes her research can help in the effort to preserve Cajun and Creole culture.


Bulbul AhmedBulbul Ahmed
Graduate Assistant

Bulbul completed his B.S. degree in Textile Engineering from the National Institute of Textile Engineering & Research (NITER) which is affiliated with the University of Dhaka. After graduating, he worked in a textile industry of Bangladesh at the yarn dyeing unit for two years. He has a long term goal to study and become an expert in textile science which is parallel with polymer science and technology. Currently, he is working on his masters in the department of TAM at LSU. His research interest include working on textile materials, natural and synthetic polymers, biodegradable composites, and nonwoven composites.

Not Pictured:

Jasmine Gibbs- Graduate Student
Marilyn Davis- Graduate Student


TAM Graduate Student Handbook 2019-2020