BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — The LSU department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising (T.A.M.), is one of the featured fashion design groups at Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week (OBRFW) this year.
Although T.A.M was established in 2013, the program has history at LSU as part of the School of Human Ecology. Now its own department, the program offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees with the choice of different concentrations. The concentrations offered are textile science, apparel design, fashion merchandising and for graduates only, historic/cultural textiles and apparel.
“Our programs focus on design, development and marketing of textile and apparel products in a global fashion industry,” said Jenna Tedrick Kuttruff, Professor and Interim Head of T.A.M. “The career possibilities in these areas are quite broad and include, but are not limited to, fashion design, product development, fashion buying or merchandising, and textile design or testing.”
While present and past students are making their presence known at LSU, they are also making waves in the fashion industry, locally and nationally.
LSU designers make their Baton Rouge debut on Saturday at the Big Night fashion show, during OBRFW.
The event will take place at Capitol Park Museum, located at 660 North Fourth Street.
Advanced ticket prices to the VIP event are $40. This event will raise money for the Louisiana Museum Foundation. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the one-of-a-kind fashion show starts at 8 p.m.
“The garment I am presenting is from a senior draping class taught by Dr. Lisa McRoberts during the fall 2013,” said designer Katherine Bonnecaze. “After working so hard these past three years in the T.A.M. program, it is nice to be given the opportunity to show some of the garments we have made and to see how much we have grown in our designing since we first started as freshman.”
Students of the T.A.M. program are involved with OBRFW in a multitude of different ways. While some select students and recent graduates have the opportunity to have their designs featured as a single collection in OBRFW, others are also helping in the production process as interns.