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 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.

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. 

Hannah LandryHannah Short
Graduate Student

Originally from the small town of Pierre Part, Louisiana, Hannah 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 DesaiDivya Desai
Graduate Student

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 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.


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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