Hitting the Fashion Shows

Kaleb DuncanApparel Design senior Kaleb Duncan is known by Kei Ai in the fashion community. His alias, which comes from the phonetic spelling of his first and middle initials, “serves as a fragmentation” of himself as a designer.

LSU students may know him as the cheerful and joking cashier in the On-The Geaux store in the Student Union, where he works full time. 

Duncan took a break from school to focus on his craft, and uses his job at the Student Union to support his fashion endeavors. He plans to go back to school in the Fall of 2023. “I had a lot going on and I wanted to focus on me being a designer, so I pulled back from LSU to recenter myself,” Duncan said.

Duncan’s interest in fashion started in 2016, during his junior year of high school. While in an advanced IB art class, he started experimenting with clothing and learned how to work a sewing machine. He continued to self-teach himself through trial and error.

“Once I chose [fashion design] there was no turning back … CONTINUE TO REVEILLE ARTICLE

Kimono design by Kaleb Duncan



Graduate student Alexandra Forestier and undergraduates Olivia Lapuyade, Kaleb Duncan, Chloe Hogan and Lea Disimone participated in the 2020 Hemline for Hearts event.

hemline scoreboardOlivia Lapuyade and DesignKaleb Duncan and DesignAlex Forestier and Design

Chloe Hogan and DesignTAM Students with Designs



Suzanne Perron St. Paul was featured in an episode of LSU in NOLA
Suzanne Perron St. Paul

LSU TAM Student Madison Meserole Unveiled First Collection

Originally from Austin, Madi decided to debut her first collection, Metamorphosis, in her home city in May of 2019. The collection was inspired by details of a butterfly wing as observed under a microscope. The contemporary show included 9 full looks consisting of iridescent bell bottoms, tunics, tabbed skirts and matching separates. While it was a lot of fun to do her own thing and a complete learning experience, putting together a show on her own came with it’s own unique set of frustrations and challenges. The show wouldn't have been possible without the support of her family and friends. At the end of the day, being able to watch her looks come to fruition and finally walk down the runway was a wonderful reward and payoff in itself. "With the experience I gained from this, I have a total new found respect for those in the fashion production side of the industry and highly encourage anyone wanting to branch out and do their own thing to take the challenge and go for it!" -Madison Meserole

Fashionably Austin published an article about Madi's collection on their site as well. 

Fashionably Austin Article

Madi Meserole

T-Shirt Turnaround

On April 1st, 2019, the Ag Residential College held the T-shirt Turnaround Fashion show. The show focused on conservation and repurposing unused t-shirts. 

The winners were:

  • Caitlin Kittila for the Individual entry
  • Olivia Lapuyade for the Individual Timed entry.
  • Caitlin Kittila and Abby Goddard for the Group Timed Entry
Design by Caitlin KittilaDesign by Olivia LapuyadeDesign by Caitlin Kittila and Abby GoddardGroup Photo


FGI Scholarship Day

Ashley Twigg and Divya Patel, both Apparel Design seniors, attended The Fashion Group International Scholarship Day held at the Dallas Trade Mart. Ashley is pictured here with her garment which was on display in the Grand Pavilion. The event which hosts a design competition awarding scholarship funds was attended by apparel design and merchandising students from universities across the country.
Ashley Twigg with Garment

LSU Student Attended New York Fashion Week

BATON ROUGE - Fashion was front and center in New York City last week, and LSU junior Katie Brunet experienced it like a celebrity. Brunet, an apparel design major from Baton Rouge, earned the trip to New York Fashion Week after she was selected by LSU Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising faculty. The immersive experience in New York City, hosted by IMG College Licensing and IMG’s fashion events division, included fashion shows and networking events at companies like Victoria’s Secret Pink. 

“Attending New York Fashion Week is the dream of anyone in the industry, and it has been a personal dream of mine for many years. Getting to experience that in addition to being given so many networking opportunities and invaluable experiences was something I definitely did not want to pass up,” Brunet said. Brunet was one of 17 students participating, from 13 different universities around the country.

LSU Student Attended New York Fashion Week

FALSU seamlessly rocks Hemline for Hearts

The Fashion Association at LSU, also known as FALSU, partnered with the American Heart Association for the 2019 Hemline for Hearts event. Students in the LSU College of Agriculture Department of Textiles, Apparel and Design construction outfits using red and white paper hearts during the association’s Go Red for Women luncheon at the Baton Rouge River Center.

Students submitted their original fashion designs, and representatives with the American Heart Association chose five designs to be built.

FALSU seamlessly rocks Hemline for Hearts

TAM Technology

Dr. Casey Stannard explains how the Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising Program at LSU is using modern technology to perfect traditional garment making. Learn the importance of computers throughout the manufacturing process, from printing patterns to achieving the perfect fit. Her segment starts at the 20 minute mark.

Dress Fete Winners

The Shops at Canal Place hosted a fashion event Friday, (Dec 7) inspired by the New Orleans Tricentennial. Canal Place's Style Board showcased the best of their student designers in an event meant to offer these style board members the opportunity to meet and learn from New Orleans fashion industry insiders. 

Style Board members included: Tracee Dundas, New Orleans Fashion Week founder; Reagan Charleston, Southern Charm cast member; Angelle Marix, Blogger - Dashing Darlin'; Michelle West, Actor and Model; Caitlyn Milligan, Blogger- Milligan Movement; Jennifer Palpallatoc, Blogger - Haute of the Rack and Bently Graham, Visual Designer.

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Award winner, Tommy Do
2018 LSU graduateAward winning design by Tommy Do
His design was inspired by the 1980's heavy metal scene in New Orleans that also was heavily influenced by Punk Rock and Glam. The (now out-of-business) Blue Crystal on Decatur St. was the place to be in the 1980's.Award winner, Divya U. Patel
LSU studentAward winning design by Divya U. Patel.
Inspired  by the 1720's, this design represents the founding of New Orleans, its evolvement and growth. Much of this garment was made with recycled materials.

Award winner, Anne Hingle
LSU studentAward winning design by Anne Hingle
Inspired by the years 1800 - 1820, this design revolves around the first steamboat and all the luxurious amenities that were afforded from its use. Juwan Torregano
LSU studentNatalie Welch
LSU student

Shatikawa Griffin
LSU studentKatie Brunet
LSU studentAshley Wheat
LSU studentKatelyn Hayes
LSU student

Award winners Divya U. Patel, Tommy Do, Janae' Hurst and Anne HingleEvent judge, Lydia Blackmore and Tommy DoDivya U. Patel with event judge, Patty BealEvent judge and TV personality, Kinsey Schofield with Anne Hingle




Designers and style board members include recent LSU TAM graduate Tommy Do and current LSU TAM student Divya Patel were with Gretchen Hirt from Canal Place to explain Dress Fete.

After months of mentorship, Canal Place is hosting Dress Fete tonight. The event will showcase the Style Board's creativity. Dress Fete is described as a celebration of 300 years of fashion in honor of New Orleans’ Tricentennial.

The event will feature original designs by local students on the Canal Place Style Board 2018, these designs will be on display throughout the month of December. The party runs from 6-8pm on December 7th and can be found on the second floor. 

Learn more at 

Alumni in the news

Alumna Suzanne Perron St. Paul has designed gowns for celebrities, brides, débutantes and Mardi Gras royalty. She recently gave the LSU Golden Girls a new look. You can learn more about her journey from Louisiana to New York and back at our Alumni Speaker Series on Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. in The Studio At Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Room 129A

 Alumna Suzanne Perron St. Paul has designed gowns for celebrities, brides, débutantes and Mardi Gras royalty. She recently gave the LSU Golden Girls a new look.


Suzanne St. Paul working on LSU Golden Girls uniform.Examples of Suzanne St. Paul wedding gowns.Suzanne St. Paul discussing wedding dress sample.Suzanne St. Paul modifying gown.

Suzanne St. Paul adjusting LSU Golden Girls uniform.Suzanne St. Paul with students.LSU Golden Girls in Suzanne St. Paul Uniform.


Tent Fashion Project

LSU College of Agriculture students in Dr. Casey Stannard's TAM 4037 Draping class made garments from recycled tent fabric.