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 Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), 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. 

Fatimah 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 (CSUN). Fatimah worked as intern for several fashion companies in the Los Angeles fashion district. She has fashion industry experience in designing, draping, styling, organizing events, and public relations. 

Currently, Fatimah is a Ph.D. student in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising with a concentration in Apparel Design at Louisiana State University (LSU). Her research interests are creative scholarship, sustainability, upcycling, technology in fashion, 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) software. Fatimah's goal is to effectively participate in the fashion industry, through her innovative academic works.

Hakib HasanNakib Hasan
Graduate Student

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 Student

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.

Bonnie ZhangBonnie Zhang
Graduate Assistant

Bonnie is originally from Beijing China. Her research interest in the textile and apparel field is specifically in merchandising, focusing on consumer experiences and well being (both online and offline), sustainability (slow fashion and mass customization); brand and branding. She has been teaching college students how to create design portfolios in China since 2016, particularly in service design. Previously, she had been an independent art curator for more than 10 years and also organized several excellent culture events and design activities in China. 



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. 

Penelope WilliamsPenelope Williams
Graduate Student

Penelope Williams was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Even though she was born there she was raised an hour away in Orangeburg, SC. Penelope had a love for fashion and wanted to become a fashion stylist and a visual merchandiser. In Fall of 2017 she started her college career and majored in Fashion Merchandising. Throughout her four years she participated in a few of clubs towards her career. They included Campus Trendsetters program and her schools fashion club Fashion Merchandising Association where she served as treasurer. With her department being in Family and Consumer Science she also became a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Science (AAFCS). She also did professional development under the organization as well. In May of 2021 she received a Bachelor of Science from SC State University. 

During her senior year Penelope decided that she wanted to continue her education by getting her master’s degree. She felt that she wanted to be more knowledgeable in her career area. She then applied to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She got accepted and made her decision to attend the school. August 2022, she started her first year of her masters in Apparel Merchandising. She is hoping to earn this degree and use it to her advantage to have a successful career.

Hope PassmoreHope Passmore
Graduate Assistant

Hope was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. She earned her BA degree in English from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and MA Degree in Counseling from UTSA in San Antonio, TX. Hope’s professional background is in teaching and counseling.  She has a private practice serving Texas females with self-esteem issues.

Hope always had a passion for fashion and worked in retail environments serving women at Rainbow Inc., Dillard’s and David Bridal. Hope has a niche for styling and interest in sustainability. For a hobby, she loves exploring the Buffalo Exchange store in different cities and selecting vintage clothing pieces to add to her wardrobe collection.

Currently, Hope is a Ph.D. student in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising with a concentration in Historical /Cultural at Louisiana State University (LSU). Her research focuses on African American women and social aspects of dress. Her long-term career goal is to become an expert in Social Aspects of Dress and utilize her academic knowledge and research experience to make a positive change as a consultant and professor.

Sujun LiuSujun Liu
Graduate Assistant

Sujun is a doctoral student in Fashion Merchandising. She was born and raised in south of China (Sichuan) and studied and lived in north of China (Beijing) for over 10 years. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design and Engineering and master’s degree in Brand Strategy both at Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology.

Sujun has multiple working experiences. During her study for master’s degree, she started a Photography Studio with her brother as the Photographer, providing customized advertising photography services for fashion corporate. After the graduation, she opened an online fashion store selling self-designed dresses (via Taobao). She also worked as a luxury buyer in a Foreign Trading Company in China which imports luxury brand goods from Europe.

Her areas of interest mainly include consumer decision-making and well-being in online shopping environments. In addition to that, she also has an interest in Historic/Cultural Textiles and Apparel.

Alex ForestierAlexandra Forestier
Graduate Student

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.

Nazmul HaqueNazmul Haque
Graduate Assistant

Nazmul completed his Bachelor of Science in Textile Engineering and Master of Science in Textile Engineering from Bangladesh University of Textiles. In both cases, his major Apparel Manufacturing Engineering. After completing Bachelor, he joined Opex & Sinha Textile Group as an Assistant Merchandiser. In factory side, he dealt with JCPenney Buyer for more than two years. After industry job, he was appointed as faculty member in Southeast University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. After six years of job as faculty in Textile Engineering department, he took study leave to pursue Master in Engineering Management from Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia. In between study, in Fall-2022, he enrolled Ph.D. Merchandising in LSU under department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising.

His research interest is sustainability, as one of his mentored student achieve good standing position 6th season of Textile Talent Hunt Competition in Bangladesh. That’s the work include recycling of garments cutting waste, and convert into yarn & fabric. Other than recycling, he kept the research interest of consumer perception in clothing that drive brand to initiate varieties of design in different season. 

Lauren LansdellLauren Lansdell
Graduate Assistant

In 2018, Lauren Lansdell earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Apparel and Textile Design, with an emphasis in Apparel Design, from The University of Alabama. After graduation, she accepted a job at Alabama Chanin in Florence, Alabama as a production team member. Lauren went on to become Production Coordinator, Artisan Liaison, and Workshop Assistant until she decided to pursue a Masters degree in July 2022. Currently, Lauren is a Masters student in Textile, Apparel, and Merchandising at Louisiana State University with a concentration in Apparel Design.

Morgan StrzynskiMorgan Strzynski
Graduate Assistant

Morgan is originally from the small town of Hemlock, Michigan. She completed her undergrad at Central Michigan University (CMU) in December of 2021. Here, she obtained a B.A.A. in Fashion Merchandising. Her classes at CMU paired with her lifelong interest in history inspired her to pursue further education. She is pursuing her M.S. in Historic Costume. Her research at LSU will better prepare her to meet her long-term career goal working in museum curation or in the film and television industry.

Momo ZhouMomo Zhou
Graduate Assistant

Mo Zhou is a Beijing girl from China. She graduated from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Marketing (Fashion Manager Orientation). After that, she went to the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom to study Fashion Marketing and Branding, where she received a master's degree in Merit in 2020. Beginning Fall of 2021, she is now a PhD student in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising at LSU. Mo Zhou is a passionate girl, willing to make friends and help others. She hopes that focusing on the textile market for middle-aged and elderly women can make female consumer groups feel respected and cared for in her research. She also hopes that through her work and research, an equal and comfortable consumer experience can be gained by female consumers in the textile market.

Danielle HoneycuttDanielle Honeycutt
Graduate Assistant

Danielle is a doctoral student in Fashion Merchandising. Upon completion of a Bachelor's degree in Business and French, she pursued further coursework at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. From FIT she was recruited by Neiman Marcus where she began work in their headquarter buying offices, traveling to bi-coastal fashion markets and procuring women's clothing for their stores nationwide. She returned to academia and obtained a Master's Degree in French with her Thesis focus on French Fashion and Costume. Her areas of interest include Consumer Behavior and the Social-Psychological aspects of fashion in France. She is married to a French-speaking Creole and has two sweet children, Evangeline and Jules. 

Jasmine GibbsJasmine Gibbs
Graduate Student

Jasmine J. Gibbs is a PhD student from Baton Rouge, LA concentrating in Apparel Merchandising and minoring in Mass Communications. Her research focuses on consumer behavior, entrepreneurship, branding, and social media. As a graduate of Southern University and A&M College, with a degree in Apparel, Merchandising, and Textiles, she is no newcomer to the fashion industry. Her experience in fashion spans nearly ten years as a retail buyer, blogger, corporate content writer, and editor. Jasmine has also established a presence in consumer behavior research as both a grant writer and project manager for Southern University for over five years. 

Not Pictured:

Marilyn Davis- Graduate Student
Khawlah Otayf- Graduate Student




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